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In ""Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy"", Dr. Arthur Freeman demonstrates his approach to working with couples. This is a present-focused therapy that first looks at a couple's past experiences for ways to improve their interpersonal exchanges. Dr. Freeman works from a perspective that motivates a couple to stay together and helps them to focus on this and break away from past patterns of thought and behavior. In this session, Dr. Freeman works with Kim and Si, a couple having communication difficulties. In addition, because of busy work schedules, the demands of caring for a family of six, and past patterns of interaction, they find it hard to make time to spend together. Dr. Freeman helps foster better communication skills and works with them to focus on the future and move away from past patterns of blame, avoidance, and defensiveness.
American Psychological Association
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