I've never had a literal "kick me" sign taped on my back, but there have been times that couples leave my office with wily grins, like I was unknowingly part of some inside joke. I must say, it's very encouraging when couples leave my office smiling and sharing a good laugh, even if it's at my own expense.....whatever builds connection!!!
While popular culture (as in movies and TV) often paints a rather farcical picture of couples counselling, the last 25 years has scene the field and corresponding research, grow immensely. Don't get me wrong, there's no cure for every relationship, but I'm a big believer that repair/recovery is always possible.