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Solution-Focused Couple Therapy Case Study

In the video clip of Solution-Focused Couple Therapy, notice how the therapist stops the couple in the first session. Do you think the therapist is allowing them to speak enough to get a sense of things, to feel fully heard, and/or to see what their typical argument style is? On the other hand, do you think the therapist is containing them enough that the entire session is not taken over by a re-enactment of their typical argument? As a counsellor, how might you have handled it when the argument began to escalate?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQBZlgmebwY

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In the video clip of Solution-Focused Couple Therapy, notice how the therapist stops the couple in the first session.

(1) Do you think the therapist is allowing them to speak enough to get a sense of things, to feel fully heard, and/or to see what their typical argument style is? On the other hand, do you think the therapist is containing them enough that the entire session is not taken over by a re-enactment of their typical argument?

It appears that the therapist is allowing them to talk, and not containing them enough so that she can find out what goals they have. The therapist utilizing solution-Focused therapy (SFT) is not interested in the problems the couple may have, or the typical argument style. Based on deShazer and Berg's (1977) explanation of SFT, the objective of the therapy is to encourage the client to look toward the foreseeable future. Within these two brief sessions, it is difficult to know how much emphasis is being place on the couple' goals as they are engaged in ...

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This solution discusses irreconcilable differences from the perspective of Solution-Focused Couple therapy.

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