104 Overcoming Your Fears of Couples Therapy

Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson

Ellyn BaderPeter PearsonThe unique demands and challenges of couples therapy—high volatility, extreme disengagement, and the need for a highly directive therapist—can be daunting for even the most skilled individual therapist. In their Webcast Session on couples, Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson of The Couples Institute teach the skills that therapists need to learn—and unlearn—to effectively work with couples. Discover how to:

  • develop procedures and materials that prepare clients to engage in therapy more productively
  • encourage differentiation in the first session by enabling partners to be together without getting caught up in each other’s intense emotions
  • use structured exercises that give couples an opportunity to take more responsibility for change


Ellyn Bader, PhD, and Peter Pearson, PhD, couples therapists for more than 25 years, are the founders and directors of The Couples Institute and creators of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. They’re the authors of In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy. Website: http://www.couplesinstitutetraining.com/


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