All marital couples have problems at some point in their marriage. Marriage counseling is employed to more effectively and efficiently solve these problems. Couples learn how to communicate with each other with more respect and concern. They learn how to be more positive in approaching each other’s grievances and how to work as a team. The primary goals of marriage counseling are conflict resolution and the promotion of cooperation. For many years I thought that it was not possible to work on marital issues without the cooperation of both spouses. Research data by James Bray PhD, past president of the American Psychological Association, has shown that improvement may be obtained by working with just one spouse. There are also several marital diagnostic tests that couples can take to assist both them and the therapist in identifying conflict themes and sources of difficulties.