“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing” - Rollo May
Healthy communication is a key ingredient of a successful relationship, and successful couples know how to communicate in a way that can actually improve their relationship. Couples often run into difficulty because they get stuck in negative patterns of interaction that become rigid and take on a life of their own. Therapy for couples can help identify these patterns or cycles, and the emotions that lead each partner to approach and react to the other in ways that keep the cycle going.
Identification of these faulty communication patterns can then be used to help the partners avoid these cycles and find ways of relating that allow them to have a closer, more intimate connection. Couples counseling helps couples learn to deal more effectively with problems, and can help prevent small problems from becoming serious. Research shows that marriage counseling, when effective, tends to improve a person's physical as well as mental health, in addition to improving the relationship.