Dr. Kelleen M. Linden is a licensed marriage and family therapist. A brief solution focused Approach to marriage counseling helps couples understand their interactions with one another. It is important for the couple to learn how to communicate directly about their feelings. Many times, couples are not aware of their counter-productive communication patterns. It is common for a couple to experience problems when faced with highly stressful events such as the birth of a child, financial problems, or retirement. These new life adjustments are addressed with empathy and compassion.