Doubling in Collaborative Couple Therapy

Doubling is when the therapist speaks as if he/she was one of the partners in the collaborative therapy speaking to the other partner. Doubling often works subtly, this article using an example of a therapist setting a scene for a client by repeating what they said, using the personal pronoun “I.” As in, “You’re saying, ‘When x happens, I feel…’ “. This collapses the space between the client and the therapist, as well as allowing something more self-revealing, respectful, etc. than the partner being spoken for might have said on their own. The second partner can appreciate this honest perspective and look forward to having their own feelings exposed through doubling later.


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