How Experienced Therapists Undermine Marriage

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How Experienced Therapists Undermine Marriage

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It’s a little-discussed problem in our field: some therapists, even those who are technically skilled, undermine marital commitment.  They do it by pathologizing couples relationships, by taking the side of the spouse who is learning “out” of the marriage, and by using slogans (such as “I’m not here to save marriages—I’m hear to help people”) that take an individualistic approach that moves couples towards divorces that may not be necessary.  Few therapists are actively anti-commitment, but nevertheless they do harm by thinking that their approach is value free and “neutral” when it is primarily individualistic.  This workshop will help you examine your own values and practices and help you reflect on how you can keep from inadvertently undermining couples who are struggling to hold on to their marriage.