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Couples Counselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London and Kent  



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Tel: 0208 468 1026 - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Mobile: 07971 099 590 - After 5.30pm and weekends

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Couples Counselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Couples Counselling

There is a continuing crisis within the marriage partnership with the statistical average of forty per cent of marriages now ending in divorce. At the heart of this conflict are 7 areas that have been identified. CBT works to improve these in relationship counselling: -

  • Communication
  • Empathy (understanding)
  • Intimacy (closeness)
  • Expressed affection
  • Trust
  • Acceptance
  • Forgiveness

Couples Counselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

When couples come for CBT they are given a series of diagnostic tests which measure the above variables to get a clear blueprint for therapeutic treatment. The therapist first looks at what brought clients together and the first stage or honeymoon period of the relationship.

Clients become aware that there were a series of expectations which each person brought to the relationship (often unexpressed), and it is only when there is a relationship breakdown that this script or internal contract becomes apparent.

In the second stage of the assessment clients identify the presenting problems in the relationship, and five or six things they would like to change in themselves, their partner and/or the relationship. This problem list forms the basis of the aims and objectives for treatment.

Couples Counselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The third part of the programme is to design a new marital contract in all areas of marital life i.e.: -

  • finance
  • household chores
  • shared-child rearing
  • physical intimacy
  • time together
  • time apart
  • holidays

which better reflects each partners expectations in the marriage. Each of these is negotiated between partners. Then this is drawn up as a document which both clients can refer to.

Couples Counselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

 

CBT couples counselling lasts sixty minutes per weekly session and have both behavioural (doing) and cognitive (thinking) components. There is a series of techniques used which clients practice at home to augment what is learned in each session.

Emphasis on challenging misconceptions, bias and prejudice in thinking using standard CBT for negative automatic thoughts greatly improves communication in the couple and improves relationship skills.



Couples Counselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


 

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Telephone 020 8468 1026 - C. London - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Telephone 020 8468 1026 - S.E London - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Mobile 07971 099 590 - Mob - After 5.30pm and weekends