The Three Defining Elements of Collaborative Couple Therapy

Dr. Daniel B. Wile shares and explains the defining elements of a collaborative couple therapy. Those elements are theory, which involves solving the moment; technique, which involves speaking for partners; and sensibility, or monitoring the therapist’s slipping from listening to judging. The theory element involves allowing the couples to talk intimately about their problem. This allows the couple to speak intimately and collaborate on arriving at solutions to the problem themselves instead of looking to the therapist to fix the problem. The therapist’s job then, is not to fix the problem, but to help the couple express their experiences and establish and maintain the necessary therapeutic intimacy.

 

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