If couples therapy is your thing, then you may be seeking post-graduate training in this specialty. There are a variety of certifications and professional trainings available for deepening your couple therapy skills that are based on well-developed theories. This variety requires a thoughtful search for a program that fits with your worldview as well as your beliefs about therapy and relationships. In this post, I'll summarize some of the most popular certifications, as well as a few Christian, faith-based training programs.Read More
The January issue of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy included an article by Shannon and Bartle-Herring, in which they present result from their study on the differences between cohabiting and married couples in therapy. The article's title is Unique Characteristics of Cohabiters Seeking Therapy, and in this post, I summarize the authors' conclusions and present implications for therapists.Read More
As a couples' therapist, I've seen many couples in therapy over the years. And, I've noticed that many of these couples have this in common: One or both members of the couple have negative beliefs about their partner, because they've interpreted some of their partner's personal characteristics as character flaws.
Elliott Connie is a Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) practitioner, author, and speaker. He developed an approach to couples work that distills the essence of SFBT into guiding principles for working with couples.
As a therapist who loves working with couples, I am always interested in ways to enhance my couples therapy skills. For this reason, I invited Elliott to explain the reasons why SFBT is his choice for working with clients, as well as how it creates a contrasting experience for couples that have a history in therapy.Read More