Marriage/Relationship counseling is a type of therapy that can serve as an invaluable tool to increase the quality of your relationship with your significant other. Depending upon the needs of the couple several different issues can be addressed. Most couples cite communication issues as a major source of conflict in relationships. We often also bring “baggage” from previous relationships or our family of origin that can impact our relationships significantly. In couples counseling we learn more effective means of communication with our partners. We also explore individual underlying issues that can be impacting the quality of our relationships. “Homework” assignments are encouraged in order to practice new skills in the relationship, not just in the therapist’s office. Some specific skills that are generally taught are conflict resolution, identifying the love language of our partner, imago work, validation and reflection of feelings. In addition we assess the strengths and weaknesses of the relationship from the perspective of both parties. The “patient” in relationship counseling is unique as the relationship itself is the identified patient. Therefore constructive feedback is given to either/both parties in the spirit of improving the relationship. It is important to note if there is any physical abuse in the relationship the treatment modality is NOT relationship counseling as it can often pose safety issues for the person being abused in the relationship.