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Promotes Strengths

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Promotes Strengths

Promotes Strengths

Effective couples therapists point out the strengths in the relationship and build resilience particularly as therapy nears a close.

Effective couples therapists point out the strengths in the relationship and build resilience particularly as therapy nears a close. Because so much of couples therapy involves focusing on problem areas, it’s easy to lose sight of the other areas in which couples function effectively. The point of promoting strength is to help the couple derive more enjoyment out of their relationship.

The behaviorally oriented therapist may “prescribe” that one partner does something that pleases the other. Therapists from other orientations that focus more on emotions instead might help the couple develop a more positive “story” or narrative about their relationship. In either case, the therapist should avoid trying to put his or her own spin on what constitutes a strength and let this be defined by the couple.