The main therapeutic mistake here would seem to be the therapist’s failure to attend to the negative affect that continued to be actively expressed between the couple. Therapy remained at a largely cognitive level, without the opportunity for the couple to access or experience their deep feelings of vulnerability and missed connection with each other. Although attempts were made to increase positive interactions, these interventions were probably premature, given that the couple remained engaged in a cycle of mutual resentment, blame, and fear. Any number of techniques based on BMT, EFT, IBCT, or Gottman’s sound marital house could have been applied here.
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