Marriage counseling can be a powerful way to reconnect with your loved one, as family of origin issues and behavioral, emotional, and cognitive patterns of relating are processed. In the course of couples therapy, issues of money, sex, death, self-identity, fusion, separateness, enmeshment, emotional or cut-off behavior, compulsive behaviors, addiction, can be examined and processed.

Couples therapy is an important process in the growth of the individual and the marriage/couple. When two individuals can develop a healthy sense of self, the relationship between them will be healthier, as their interdependence becomes stronger. In the absence of self-differentiation, triangles, enmeshment, cycles of avoidance and pursuing, and other unhealthy relational patterns will take place.

Marriage counseling ultimately allows for a deeper understanding of the meanings each spouse/partner has behind actions and thoughts. In couples therapy, honest and open sharing can occur, healing of attachment wounds is possible, and a richer level of intimacy and vulnerability becomes possible. It is an intricate part of the process of recovery for couples affected by addiction and compulsive behaviors, as it becomes a safe place for disclosure, attachment wound repairs, re-discovery of the spouse/partner, reconnecting, learning new ways to communicate functionally, and enriching the intimacy level of the couple.