Couples therapy may be useful when the behaviors that damage relationships have reached a frequency, intensity and duration that they impair the functioning of one or both parties. A key component of Taking Charge couples therapy is to ensure the safety of both parties, including both physical and emotional safety. Sometimes, it is best to meet separately with the parties for preliminary skill-building prior to treating the couple together. The goal of couples therapy is to provide the skills for both to sustain a healthier relationship.