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Changes the Views of the Relationship

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Changes the Views of the Relationship

Changes the Views of the Relationship

Throughout the therapeutic process, the therapist attempts to help both partners see the relationship in a more objective manner.

Throughout the therapeutic process, the therapist attempts to help both partners see the relationship in a more objective manner. They learn to stop the “blame game” and instead look at what happens to them in a process involving each partner. They also can benefit from seeing that their relationship takes place in a certain context.

For example, couples who struggle financially will be under different kinds of situational stresses than those who do not. Therapists begin this process by collecting “data” on the interaction between the partners by watching how they interact. Therapists then formulate “hypotheses” about what factors may lead to the way the partners interact. How they share this information with the couple varies based on the therapist’s particular theoretical orientation.

There’s empirical support for a variety of approaches, from behavioral to insight-oriented. Different therapists will use different strategies, but as long as they focus on altering the way the relationship is understood, the couple can start to see each other, and their interactions, in more adaptive ways.

Throughout the therapeutic process, the therapist attempts to help both partners see the relationship in a more objective manner.