Couples therapy focuses on the problems existing in the relationship between two people, but these relationship problems always involve individual symptoms and problems, as well as the relationship conflicts.
Our sense of identity and self-worth rests on the strength of our relationships and often we despair when they fail. Our ways of relating are learned at a young age in the family in which we grew up and we can become stuck in unhealthy and unhelpful habits that restrict our lives. Under pressure we often revert to familiar patterns. Many relationship problems stem from poor communication.
Couples therapy involves learning how to communicate more effectively, and how to listen more closely. Couples learn how to avoid competing with each other, identifying common life goals and how to share responsibilities within their relationship.