Couples Therapy for Relationship Problems and Divorce Risk
Healthy romantic relationships can be the greatest sources of support and satisfaction, while unhealthy partnerships, marriages, and divorces can result in high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and worry. Couples Therapy using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Behavioral Marital Therapy (BMT) has been shown to improve relationship satisfaction and reduce the likelihood of divorce.
Relationship variables to be assessed:
- Communication patterns and styles
- Sexual satisfaction and compatibility
- Financial security and stability
- Management anger, jealousy, and anxiety
- Division of labor
- Decision and Power sharing
- Coping with other family members
- Values clarification, compatibility, and evolution
Couples bring both partners strengths and weaknesses to the relationship, which when properly understood, enables each individual to benefit. Likewise, improper understanding and unhealthy behaviors may negatively affect each member. There is evidence that depressive symptoms in one partner can in fact “depress” the other partner. Fortunately, there is evidence that not only individual psychotherapy can treat depression, but depression can be treated by cognitive therapy for couples or behavioral marital therapy (BMT).