Couples counseling focuses on recognizing and resolving problems within intimate relationships. Both partners are encouraged to identify their roles within the relationship and to strive to understand their partner's perception. They are challenged to keep communication open and to move forward with change. The goal is come together while respecting the individuality of each other. Usually couples work to keep the relationship together however at times they may choose to end it.
When addiction is present, counseling focuses on developing strategies that support sobriety and recovery. The non-addicted partner is encouraged to focus on self-care, which has often been neglected for years.
Couples counseling is often short term and usually includes both partners. At times, it is necessary for one partner to work with a counselor alone. Goals are always created based on the couple's strengths and preferences.