Maintaining a healthy and long lasting relationship requires work and effort in the form of compromise for both parties involved. The goal of couples counseling is to help couples understand and resolve their conflicts and improve their relationships. Couples therapy may be sought during any phase of the relationship from pre-marital to dissolution. During sessions, the couple is provided with tools to communicate and problem solve more effectively. Efforts are made to restore trust, rebuild respect and appreciation, and recover intimacy for one another while helping each partner get their needs met. In the case of divorce counseling, couples are directed towards a peaceful and respectful separation. When children are involved, their needs are considered and foremost.