Marriage counseling can be an important aspect of creating a safe, strong and emotionally connected relationship. Instead of waiting for a "crisis" being proactive with couples counseling can build a more solid foundation for the relationship to further grow on.
Skills learned include building trust and accountability, intimacy development and more effective communication.
Another important component is understanding the families we came from and the impact it has on how we do relationships. The messages and beliefs we picked up in our development can show up in unhealthy, intimacy killing ways in our relationships. Understanding and awareness become critical tools to not let these beliefs become intruders on the relationships.