Two particularly challenging issues that surface in couples therapy are addiction and self absorption. Through the lens of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Sue and Ellyn will describe how to make strategic treatment decisions that propel couples toward sobriety and more collaborative functioning. They will review the troublesome traits of the self-absorbed partner and illuminate ways to increase other-differentiation and increase caring and compassion. Case examples will demonstrate the challenge of confronting individual partners addictive and self-absorbed behavior, while simultaneously supporting the developmental growth of the couple.
Discuss 4 important Do’s and 4 important Don’ts which are strong guidelines when working with married partners who are addicted.
Describe 2 techniques for facilitating other-differentiation in self-absorbed partners.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*