People seeking couples counseling seek change to a relationship dynamic that isn’t working in some way.   The problems can include poor communication, lack of emotional safety, resentment, trust violations and many other issues.  It might even be that the couple have different ideas of what the problems are or simply a felt sense that things are not right. Couples who demonstrate the makings or potential of a strong relationship foundation are in a better position to work through challenging situations as they arise.
There are many attributes of healthy and connected relationships but here are some of them:
10 Characteristics of Successful Relationships

Friendship: Couples who have a strong friendship have staying power. They not only love each other but genuinely like each other as people. They enjoy hanging out together. They might even consider each other their “best friend.”
Humor: Partners who can make each other laugh tend to be good at de-escalating conflict when it arises.  Be cautious of appropriate use of humor.  If things have gotten too tense, it might not be appropriate in that moment.
Communication: Those who are able to openly express their feelings and avoid burying hurt or anger, often deal with situations as they come up more effectively.  This avoids the


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