June 27, 2017

Choosing a Couple Therapist: Considering Credentials and Approaches

In a well-known Consumer Reports survey (1995), respondents were asked to rate their experiences with mental health services. Those who had received individual therapy were overwhelmingly satisfied with the results – over 90%. But those who had engaged in couple therapy were far less satisfied – only about 50% felt positive about the experience. There are various reasons for these results. For one thing, most couples wait too long to begin couple therapy, so it’s also not unusual for couples to come in as a last ditch effort to save the relationship, when one or both partners has one foot out of the marriage. In fact, John Gottman’s research showed that the average amount of time between a couple first considering therapy and starting it is about 6 years. However, training also plays a key part. While graduate programs in mental health do a good job of preparing professionals to work with individuals - the coursework and practicum are tailored to it - the same can’t be said of couple therapy. Couple – … [Read More...]