Couples and therapy tend to be a delicate subject, and the use of traditional one on one treatments don’t normally work. Doctors and mental health experts are now using a method that is proven to deliver tremendous and positive results. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) is a new approach to couple’s therapy developed by Andrew Christensen, a clinical psychologist, and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the late Neil S. Jacobson, who was a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Washington. The support is backed by countless scientific trials and has been a primary focus of major clinical trials in regard to the outcome of couple’s therapy, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and conducted at UCLA and the University of Washington.
Mental health experts explain that the idea behind the “integrative” part of therapy is explained in two roles: First, it allows the connection within the twin goals of acceptance and change, a positive outcome for couples in treatment. Many believe that if couples are successful in therapy, the pair will make real changes to accommodate the needs of others, breaking away from selfishness within the relationship. Second is IBCT combined a multiple of treatment methods under a consistent behavioral theoretical structure.
According to a manual written for therapist, Acceptance, and Change in Couple Therapy by Neil S. Jacobson and Andrew Christensen (New York: Norton), the standard protocol includes four sessions for the intake and feedback phase with an additional 20-22 sessions of active treatment. Regularly, treatments are conducted each week and last a short hour two. As the therapy comes to an end, the therapist will begin to spread out the therapy sessions to every other week or longer, depending on the couples. Typically, the course of treatment of last between 6 to 12 months.
Recent surveys suggest that IBCT is used for couples with chronic distress or severe cases like substance abuse issues, typically over two-thirds of couples will remain together and show significant improvement at the end of the sessions, even up to two years after.
Since the therapy is delivering such great success, a website has dedicated their time to informing couples around the country that there is a chance to fix their relationship. Many couples struggling with addiction and substance abuse issues will live a life of fear and resentment, not knowing where to go for help. The staff at www.CouplesRehabs.com ensures the best and quickest placement for those seeking treatment or therapy; they offer a 24-hour hotline and multiple resource pages highlighting Couples rehabs in every state.
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