When couples go through problems in their marriages, even to the point where the threats of separation or divorce are very real, what is often required is the intervention of another party with an objective viewpoint. Marriage counselling generally helps to provide this.

Many couples find success through marriage counselling, as it is a method that is used to assist couples with all sorts of issues. Consequently, marriage counselling is not strictly reserved for those on the brink of a break-up or for those where one partner has had an affair. The aim of marriage counselling will be to assist couples in their relationships, including premarital counselling prior to making a firm commitment to a partner.