Couples counseling (or relationship counseling) is a talking therapy which allows you to identify negative behaviours which can be changed in order to improve your relationship. The aim of this type of therapy is to help you and your partner gain a better understanding of negative patterns within the relationship and to help couples create the relationship they desire.
There are many characteristics of helping relationships such as compassion, wisdom, realness, acceptance, trust, empathetic understanding and respect. With these features and the assistance from their helpers, clients are further able to take responsibility for their own growth and problem solving. It is important not only to be able to educate clients about therapeutic topics, but also to gauge the client's understanding at any given time. Being able to sense what clients are thinking and feeling and relate to them by showing warmth, acceptance, and empathy are cornerstones of effective counseling.