In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person, it is the set of relationships in which the person is involved. Commonly, this form of counseling is brief, solution-focused, and has specific as well as attainable goals.
Research indicates that marriage and family therapy is as effective, and in some cases more effective than standard and/or individual treatments for many mental health problems such as: adult schizophrenia, affective (mood) disorders, adult alcoholism and drug abuse, children's conduct disorders, adolescent drug abuse, chronic physical illness in adults and children, and marital distress and conflict.
Most people do their best to try to fix things in a marriage or romantic relationship when things are not going well. The bad news is, that often, the very things many people try to do to help, end up making it worse. At Greater Houston Counseling Services, PLLC we pride ourselves on providing couples with the best research based information on what behaviors to change immediately to begin to repair and reconnect.
Often couples wait until years after the problems begin to seek help. While intervention at any stage is useful, it's never too early to work on the foundation for better relational well-being.