Marriage Counseling is a different animal than Individual Therapy. Individual Therapy focuses far more on the internal cognitive processes and helps the person examine personal choices.
In Couples Counseling the focus is on the interaction between partners. The simplest way to think about Couples Counseling is to view it as analyzing how partners treat one another. Most couples therapy is short term between 5 to 10 sessions, that is if each spouse is motivated and willing to examine how their behavior is effecting their partner and make proper changes. Couples Counseling focuses more on changing behavior but also on helping each spouse become more sensitive to the feelings of their partner.
As the great american Psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan said…
“It is easier to act yourself into a new way of feeling than than to feel yourself into a new way of acting”
Gerry Lane, LCSW, LMFT. Marriage Counseling Atlanta