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By Tom Erik Arnkil. For directly presented couple distress, the risk of domestic violence is so important that it needs to be assessed and considered at the outset.
They have a hugely developed CT field to show for it. That is, systemic CT in the UK is still not engaging or thinking much about couple distress as such. And maybe Attachment Narrative Therapy see here could be stretched to cover couples too. It seems likely that British couples do suffer or present the same kind of attachment hurts and distress as they do in America.
Statutory FT presented with diagnoses and non-statutory CC presented with couple distress should both make sure they can offer clients the best approaches available.
TCRC is one psychoanalytical exception. The problem is that few UK FTists yet work with couple distress which CT is designed for, so many are not aware nor do they have an opportunity to practice or practise CT. So why learn CT at all then?! Nick says: "There are several issues that couples in distress need their therapists to be ready for There is often a couple at the centre of a family.
Even if not, CT will significantly raise the quality of all FT because it requires more knowledge about intimate attachments.
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It equips FTists to serve more client groups better and earn a living in all sectors. And of course these improvements will benefit the quality of British CC for their clients too. But the core problem for CT or CC is when more serious conflict and distress arises. John Gottman calls this gridlock - a good name for it; like traffic, it implies that unblocking one junction depends on unblocking others. Each school of CT has a characteristic method for tackling the underlying causes of gridlock. Sue Johnson EFT works to bring out the underlying attachment vulnerabilities - which is something that might happen in a more unfolding way in other approaches e.
John Gottman's method accepts that couples may have perpetual serious differences but they can find ways to live with them without gridlock by exploring the dreams that underpin it. Bill Doherty focuses on the contracting stage to be clear what each party wants so that gridlock doesn't take root in the therapy. Harville Hendrix Imago Therapy , from the outset, turns the couple's attachment and dreams into a sustained miracle question - ie create a vivid present picture of how things will be when the problem is gone. And so on. Of course psychoanalysts might not agree that Bowlby, though a psychoanalyst, was properly psychoanalytical.
EFT is much more actively systemic. Meanwhile Attachment approaches have been growing steadily in all kinds of ways all over the world including in British FT and CC. So it isn't a surprise that EFT — which is certainly of wider use than just for couple distress — is the leading North American model being brought back home to the UK. And Nick is pleased to report that for the EFT conference in Scotland the partner organisations are steadily becoming more concerted around this event.
John Gottman's work is interesting because it is based on loads of research. Within minutes he can identify the signs that reliably predict which couples are on the way to separating - harsh start up to arguments, the "four horsemen of the apocalypse" criticism, contempt, defensiveness, stonewalling , physiological flooding, body language , failed repair attempts, and bad memories. Basing an approach to therapy on this is not so simple.
You have to turn this into more positive advice. His approach is - unsurprisingly - a comprehensive, detailed description and technology of well functioning friendship with the important extra section on solvable and perpetual problems or gridlock. His popular "Seven Principles" book see below is a thorough workbook that covers his research and therapy - he works with groups of couples in a more Relationship Education approach as well as with individual couples. Gottman Therapy itself, as an effective therapy, has not yet been evidenced.
Nick has always wondered more naively about how strange it is that as intimate love grows to marriage, friendship seems to weaken if not disappear. So Gottman's detailed description and methodology of friendship is of much wider use than just for couples.
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These are a key selection of what Nick built his thinking on. They are organised starting with relatively minimal sized things and ending with literature for those who want to know much more. The key references are tagged "BEST". The links mostly open another Google document webpage; to download to your own computer click the small printer icon. Anyone who sees couples in distress sees many couples who are this challenging; anyone who does will tell you that ordinary UK FT skills are very often just not enough. This multi-author guide is illustrated and fun and not too simplistic. Next, Nick suggests that this second Youtube video below encapsulates all the theory you need for understanding all kinds of couples in relationship distress.
The thing is that you can see exactly the same patterns happening in attachments between people of all ages too in couples and in families. So if those two videos show the problem that faces the Couple Therapist, and the theory that helps explain the problem, where do you begin to learn what to do about it? Nick suggests Bill Doherty to start with