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How CBT can help overcome your relationship problems

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How CBT Can Help Overcome Relationship Problems

The most common problems couples face include:

-    Communication problems

-    Feeling or being controlled

-    Inability to solve problems together –often money, sex or family issues

-    One or both partners suffer from anxiety or depression

-    Growing apart ove...

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The 5 Steps In Couples Therapy

Here are some of the five steps CBT takes couples through.

  1. Identifying and acknowledging each person’s perceptions and expectations
  2. Exploring counter-productive triggers, beliefs and behaviours
  3. Agreeing on different and acceptable tolerance ranges
  4. Identifying an...

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Identifying  Perceptions and Expectations in CBT For Couples

Typically, the source of conflicts within relationships stems from two things. Distress from one partner’s unmet needs and the difficulty that emerges when that partner uses unhelpful methods to address or acknowledge the conflict coming from that unmet need.

In CBT, the therapist will work...

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Exploring Beliefs And Behaviours In CBT For Couples

Couples who are in distressing or high conflict relationships are more likely to be selective when it comes to tracking their partner’s negative behaviour or events. This, in turn, will result in them reciprocating with their own negative behaviour.

Using the cognitive behavioural couples t...

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Agreeing On Tolerance Ranges In CBT For Couples

One of the key things CBT will help couples do is overcome their conflicts in a respectful and understanding manner. Couples will be encouraged to work together to create new boundaries when it comes to what they are willing t...

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Practising New Behaviours In CBT For Couples

A CBT couple therapist will collaborate with a couple and help them translate their relationship issues into statements of positive goals. The therapist will then team these goals with specific intervention techniques that will help the couple replace their current negative behavioural patterns w...

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Agreeing A New “Emotional Contract” in CBT For Couples

The final step in couples CBT is helping couples lay out the new terms of their relationship. Having previously discussed their high conflict issues and negative behaviours, this final stage is designed to help the couple move forward and build their mutual terms on what a healthy relationship lo...

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