As a Hamilton area psychotherapist / counsellor who offers both marriage counselling and pre-marriage counselling or marriage preparation as it is sometimes called, I know the benefits of taking preventative action for the inevitable challenges that come with long term, human relationships. However, many couples wait for irreparable harm before seeing couples therapy — or even getting individual therapy — and that can make the repair work more tricky. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Couples prepared and willing to do the work can improve intimacy, communication and connection, using proven therapies such Emotion-Focused Therapy and other methods. And while I have seen varying numbers around divorce and second marriage divorce rates, this article / blog helpfully clarifies some myths, giving dedicated couples reasons for hope and optimism.