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Being that marital problems tend to be occurring, both partners need to be a part of the therapeutic process in order to bring about changes for the better; and positive lasting changes for the marriage. Furthermore, for marriage and family counselors working with married couples, parts of the couples ' individual family dynamics comes about once both partners are openly communicating with one another during the therapeutic process. This type of counseling helps married couples speak about emotionally sensitive problems, which are
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Looking for new and more effective ways to treat the issues of their clients, counselors and therapists may often begin to consider leading a group therapy session. Group therapy is a form of therapy in which a therapist either treats or provides psychoeducational skills to a small, carefully planned target group of individuals in an effort to ameliorate the issues and dysfunctions of each individual in that particular group of patients together (Scheidlinger, 2004). In this group, therapists often utilize some of the psychotherapy theories such as Gestalt, transactional analysis, psychotherapy or psychodrama which they often use to treat clients individually. Counselors regularly decide which school of thought they will mainly utilize with their clients most often based on the combination of the orientation of the program they were primarily trained under, based on their personal views and opinions, and their personal therapeutic experience. There are some therapists who consider themselves purists and generally subscribe to only one particular theory practice; however, it is becoming increasingly uncommon to encounter a therapist, counselor or psychologist who still considers themselves a purist in that fashion.
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Structural Theory and Solution-focused Brief Theory Theories As a marriage, couple, and family counselor, theories are used to help guide individuals, couples, and families. Theories help with the development of relationships, strengthen connections, and improves negative behavior. Counseling clients will not only help them, but it will also improve the development of the counselor’s practice. Comparison of Structural Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Structural therapy focuses on the family as a whole. It is concerned about how the issues effect the family relationships and connections.