Couples therapy is often seen as a subspecialty within the therapies. It has had its own developmental trajectory which causes many “outsiders” to be apprehensive about the prospect of “doing” couples therapy. This talk looks at the contributions that the Conversation Model can make to the theory and clinical practice of couples therapy. The basic premise of this approach is that the practice of couples therapy can be seen as facilitating the couple doing with each other what therapists and patients do in individual therapy.
It is hoped that this may allow more individual therapists to consider offering couples therapy.