Marital Interventions

Marital Interventions

When marriages are facing reoccurring problematic issues, they may need the help of a professional to help them restore their relationship. Depending on the depth of the problems I would choose either Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) or Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy (CBFT) to help the couple resolve their turmoil.…

Marital Communication

Marriages succeed when couples embrace open and honest communication. During the courting phase of the relationship the individual only tells the other person things that are impressive or socially acceptable. The primary concern is appearing desirable and gaining acceptance. In the beginning of the relationship, very little authenticity or vulnerability is shared between the couple.…

Factors for a Stable Marriage

Factors for a Stable Marriage

Stable and successful marriages over time have many common factors. Below are two studies that include factors for marriages lasting over 10 years and another study that includes factors for marriages lasting over 45 years. In the first study, O’Leary, Acevedo, Aron, Huddy and Mashek (2012) conducted a random sample of 274 U.S.…

Healthy Relationship Components

Healthy Relationship Components

Loving relationships harness intimacy, passion, and commitment. Intimacy encompasses the feelings of closeness, connectedness, and bondedness a person experiences in a loving relationship.  Passion encompasses the drive that leads to romance, physical attraction, and sexual consummation. Finally, commitment in the short term is the decision that one loves another, and in the long term, the commitment to maintain that love. …

Implications of Divorce

Divorce is the last resort for a failing marriage. It happens when the couple is so unhappy that they decide that they are better off alone. According to Gottman and Silver (2000), The most destructive and biggest predictors of divorce and separation are “Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt and Stonewalling” (p.…

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