Marriage Problems and
Couples Counseling

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Marriage Problems Don't Have to End a Relationship. With Counseling, Your Relationship May Become
Healthier, Stronger, and Long Lasting.

Marriage problems aren’t easily defined. They can arise in a new marriage or an old one, vary in depth, result from a volatile event (like infidelity), or come to a head after consistent miscommunication. Marriage is a union of two lives and, naturally, conflict happens. You and your partner may need a new set of skills to address your differences and respond in healthy ways.

When we look at why couples break up, the most common culprits are:

  • The individuals in the relationship haven’t learned to deal with their differences
  • The individuals don’t pay enough attention to the relationship
  • One partner feels like they accommodate and sacrifice more than their spouse

However, marriage problems can also erupt from more complex sources like each individual’s personal challenges, including bad habits and behaviors, anger problems, emotional pain, loneliness, or past life events.

If you seek support from a couples therapist, choose an experienced counselor with deep knowledge of all possible systemic causes of marriage and relationship conflict.

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Do Marriage Problems Mean It's All Over?

The short answer is “no.” In fact, many couples come out of crises stronger! If you and your partner want to make the marriage work, counseling can be especially helpful.

Some couples recognize their marriage problems and come to a mutual understanding that they need to devote energy to their relationship. If you and your spouse decide that you want to improve your marriage, be proud that you’ve already taken the first step to a healthier relationship. Commitment, work, and time can turn a resentful, disillusioned relationship into a thoughtful, affectionate one that flourishes.

If you don’t know whether you want to work on your relationship, you can try discernment counseling. Discernment counseling is a short series of sessions that help a couple decide if they want to move forward with the relationship or not. Sometimes it’s best to walk away from a relationship, but before you make any major decisions, we recommend you discuss your situation with an objective, experienced relationship counselor.

It’s important to note that discernment counseling is not appropriate when there is danger of domestic violence, an order of protection from the court, or one spouse is forcing the other to participate. You and your spouse need to be in this together.

Marriage Problems and Newlyweds

A new marriage can feel blissful, as the cliche “newlywed bliss” goes, but it’s also a challenging adjustment period. Even couples who dated long before they tied the knot can suddenly feel caught up in a post-honeymoon sea of emotions. First, recognize that this is completely normal. Marriage is tough and you’re not alone!

You can work on your marriage by developing relationship skills that help marriages grow stronger over time. As a newly married couple, it’s helpful to learn how to embrace change, resolve conflict peacefully, and be self-reflective, rather than critical of your partner, when you become frustrated. You can grow old together. An experienced counselor can help you build these skills together.

Find out if Couples Counseling is right for your relationship.

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Marriage Problems and Stepfamilies

Integrating two families causes a unique set of challenges for adults and children. Everyone has a unique response to change. You and your spouse may clash even if you both have the best intentions.

One common solution to conflict is boundary setting. In counseling, you learn how to set boundaries for parenting new stepchildren and co-parenting with your ex-spouse.

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What's Next?

Or, Make Your First Call Now

Call 312-416-6191 to ask questions or to make an appointment with Couples Counseling Associates.

Our experienced associates can help you develop a healthy, long lasting marriage:

  • How do you develop empathy for your partner?
  • How can you resolve conflict peacefully?
  • How can you deal with anger?
  • What relationship skills do couples with healthy marriages have?

More Resources for You and Your Partner


In our efforts to bring value to your life, or if you are not in the Chicago area, Couples Counseling Associates has developed a series of lessons that could have a major impact on effectively improving your relationship. We encourage you to dive into the series and discover how these resources can benefit you and your partner.

Remember, it's the positive habits we develop that guarantee us success in all areas of our lives. Discover the seven healthy habits that improve relationships or get in touch with us to learn more about Couples Counseling Associates.

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 Associated Therapists

Sara Schwarzbaum


Founder, Couples Counseling Associates

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Liz Garvey



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Linda Lazzara


Associated therapist

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637 E. Golf Rd Suite 201

Arlington Heights Il 60005


 Associated Therapist

Michael Villarreal:

773 789-9775

Associated Therapist Giulia Casani MA,LMFT

500 North Michigan ave - Suite 600 Chicago, Il 60611
Phone 773 580 0152

Associated Threapist

Kate Engler, LMFT, LPC 

10024 Skokie, Blvd. Suite 207Skokie, IL 60077(224) 233 - 1036 ext. 418 (office)(844) 546 - 6642 (mobile - PLEASE NOTE: this number does not accept text messages)

All the mental health professionals practicing at 737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2130, Chicago, IL 60611 or any other locations, are individually licensed by the State of Illinois and practice independently and separately. They have no legal relationship to the practices of each other and do not incur in liability for services of one another or to Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum.