The purpose of couples counseling is to work through issues that create relationship conflict or disconnection—with the goal of restoring emotional intimacy. The majority of couples reach a point in their relationship in which they’re unable to work through issues on their own. It’s then that relationships typically deteriorate without professional intervention.

Couples counseling is designed to disrupt the unsatisfying status quo. Couples learn to work through issues without escalating or disconnecting. They read Dr. Rein’s manual to learn the restorative skills that successful couples use and the corrosive tendencies they avoid. In counseling sessions, they learn how to implement those healthy skills.