Couples counseling (aka marriage counseling) is widely considered one the best options for people in relationships who may be seeking to improve understanding, intimacy, or even for those considering separation. In this type of counseling, the relationship takes the center stage, but each partner is also taught individually to focus on self-awareness and improvement. In the 1930′s, couples counseling, which was then referred to as marriage counseling, was exclusively reserved for people who were either married or engaged to be married. The main task of the counselors back then was to only educate their clients concerning marriage and family life.
The increase in divorce rates around the 1960s and 1970s led to the emergence of modern couples counseling.