Family and couples counseling is a form of therapy where the aim is to improve communication between/among members of the family and to improve the ways in which they relate to each other. Family counseling may include all family members or just those able/willing to participate. It doesn’t automatically solve family conflicts but family sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times. Marriage counseling typically brings couples or partners together for joint therapy sessions. Working with a therapist, you'll learn skills to solidify your relationship. These skills might include communicating openly, solving problems together and discussing differences rationally. You'll analyze both the good and bad parts of your relationship as you pinpoint and better understand the sources of your conflicts. Marriage counseling can also help couples that plan to get married. Premarital counseling can help couples achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before marriage.