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Couples Therapy Debunked

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While reading Abbott and Snyder (2012) and Doherty (n.d) it was evident that there were different topics presented. Abbott and Snyder (2012) states that an integrative approach to therapy is key whereas Doherty (n.d) looks at how couples therapy is difficult and outlines the mistakes that therapists make when doing it.
Abbott and Snyder (2012) state that integrating multiple therapies into a couples therapy session is going to be more beneficial than if just one was used. I agree with this point that they are making because why wouldn’t you incorporate different therapies? For example, if one partner has depression then the therapist would incorporate cognitive therapy. This would help the depressed partner look at their negative thoughts in a different way. By doing this, this could help the couples relationship become stronger because the depressed partner wouldn’t be so negative about the relationship. Integrating different therapies isn’t just helpful in couples therapy. It is also helpful in any kind of therapy. Only in cases where one therapy is beneficial, I think that multiple therapies for one patient is extremely helpful. A patients symptoms aren’t usually black and white and therefore one therapy throughout the sessions won’t always help.
Further, Abbott and Snyder (2012) touch on therapeutic alliance. This I also agree with. If the therapist has just one partner wanting to change in the onset of treatment, the therapist will work to make the therapeutic alliance stronger with the other so that all three of them have similar goals. This sounds hard to perfect because the therapist never knows what stage each person is at in the beginning. One could be dreading each session whereas the other could be making significa...

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...that our communication has improved, so has our relationship. This shows me that communication is the key to success whether it’s in a relationship, a friendship or a therapist-client relation.
Before reading anything on couples therapy, I thought it was a lot like psychotherapy. I didn’t realize there were so many components that went into it. Now I understand that there needs to be rules set in the beginning to make sure that will be no fighting. One wrong word could send the couple into a string of fights and ultimately a break up. To be a couples therapist you need to look out for the well-being of two people, not just one, and that alone is stressful enough than actually dealing with their problems. It’s hard not to take sides during couples therapy and I don’t think that I could put aside my beliefs on relationships enough to become a therapist in this field.
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