Couple Therapy Essay

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Positive Psychology unlike the standard Psychology that we have all come to be familiar with focuses on the good in life and people rather than the negative. Within this scope of the positive is a technique known as emotion-focused coping. The standard Psychology that has been the most prominent the past century has taught us that emotions are not good and detrimental to our thought process and overall health. Emotion-focused coping has brought light to the fact that emotions can be handled in a way that is beneficial and leads to a desired positive outcome (Snyder et al., 2015). The purpose of this paper is to analyze and describe the outcome of the application of emotion-focused coping on clients in couple therapy. First, I am going to define…show more content…
Emotion-focused therapy is one of the two most tested and frequently used interventions for couples besides BCT, or behavioral couples therapy. In a couple therapy session where emotion-focused coping is being utilized emotions are obviously the main subject in which the interactions of the therapist and the clients are revolving. During the session the therapist looks for key emotional responses and tries to further these emotions and get to the origin of these emotions in order to help resolve any conflicts or better any situation in the relationship between the couple (Johnson & Woolley,…show more content…
These couples received the two different coping approaches over a ten-week period and were compared to a control group. The integrated systematic therapy and the emotion-focused therapy were both found to be more successful than the control group. They were also both found to be equally as, “…effective in alleviating marital distress, facilitating conflict resolution and goal attainment, and reducing target complaints at termination.” However, contrary to what the past couple studies have found couples that experienced integrated systematic therapy showed greater continual success from the therapy when a four-month follow-up was conducted and based on marital satisfaction and goal attainment (Goldman & Greenburg,
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