Does Couples Therapy Work?
The New York Times jumps in: Couples Therapists Confront Stresses in Their Field.
With individuals, a therapist can stall. “You can always say, ‘Tell me more about that,’ and take a few minutes to figure out what to do next,” he says. “In couples therapy, the emotional intensity of the couple’s dynamics doesn’t give you that luxury”…
“You often see Partner A dragging in Partner B because Partner B is behaving in ways that are unfulfilling and insufferable,” Dr. [Terry] Real says. “On the intake I’ll ask, ‘What’s wrong with the marriage?’ and Partner A will say, ‘Bob.’ So I’ll ask, ‘What’s wrong with Bob?’ and Partner A will say, ‘His Bob-ness.’ ”
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