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2 therapeutic interventions Behavioral and Psychodynamic (transgenerational) approaches were selected to develop a therapeutic intervention plan for Robert and Sophia scenario. Critically review a total of 12-15 articles related to the two therapeutic approaches you selected.

Robert and Sophia are in their early 30's and have been married for five years. Robert's parents moved to the U.S. from Germany when he was 15 years old; he is an only child who felt very isolated during high school and college. Sophia is from a large Italian family that has been living in the U.S. for several generations. Sophia was abused by an uncle as a child, but was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone. Both Robert and Sophia work long hours at demanding jobs, and they feel exhausted and stressed at the end of the day. Typically, they drink a bottle or two of wine with dinner, and often argue about the amount of time Sophia spends with her family, Robert's frequent business trips out of town, or when they should start to have children. Three weeks ago, Sophia discovered that Robert had an affair with a co-worker the previous summer. Robert refuses to discuss this except to say that it was "a mistake." Robert admits he has felt unhappy in the marriage and depressed for over two years, but he does not think talking about it will help. Sophia feels betrayed and furious. For the past week she has been unable to concentrate at work, can't sleep, and feels irritable much of the time. She pleads with Robert to tell her what he needs, but he is silent and withdrawn. His drinking has increased and he is becoming more depressed. Sophia has been going through Robert's computer and mail when he is not at home, and she discovered current messages he had written to another women describing his hopeless feelings about the marriage and thoughts of suicide. Two nights ago Sophia confronted Robert with this correspondence, and she became so angry that she threw a glass at him, which shattered and cut his arm. This incident frightened them both, and they have decided to get marriage counseling.

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500 words of notes and references are included in this solution to explore APA research related to counseling couples after infidelity.

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As you gather articles related to these two therapeutic approaches, here are 500 words of notes and references based on the 5.

Atkins, D. )., Baucom, D. )., Eldridge, K. )., & Christensen, A. ). (2005). Infidelity and behavioral couple therapy: Optimism in the face of betrayal. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology, 73(1), 144-150.

The authors advise how behavioral approaches yielded some optimistic findings with respect to infidelity and couple therapy (150). If the infidelity is addressed during treatment, it offers an important message for couples and for the therapists who are providing the therapy. The authors also revealed that "In addition, it is an encouraging indication of the efficacy of couple therapy" (144).

Butler, M., Rodriguez, M., Roper, S., & Feinauer, L. (2010). Infidelity secrets in couple therapy: therapists' views on the collision of competing ethics around ...

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