Couples therapy is intended to recognize and better manage troublesome differences and repeating patterns of distress in a relationship.  Therapy tends to be 'here and now' and focuses on developing communication and coping strategies. Couples therapy often deals with seemingly impossible problems and highly emotional issues.  Common reasons that couples seek professional help include premarital counseling, infidelity, poor communication, a reoccurring issue, finances, difficulty with children, or because divorce is being considered.  

Family therapy is a means to open the doors of communication and gain an understanding of how to best relate to one another.  Families come to therapy to resolve persistent problems that cause stress within the family unit.  The most common reasons families seek therapy include parenting issues, adjustment and behavioral issues, poor communication, family structure change, substance abuse and illness or death.  Family therapy sessions teach skills to deepen family connections and work through stressful times.