Approximately 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce, half of these in the first 7 years of marriage.
Any relationship may go through conflict, distress and turmoil. This causes emotional stress, may add to health problems, and interfere with work, school, home life.
Can Couples Therapy help?
Recent research shows that couples therapy can help. In the largest clinical trial of couples therapy to date, almost 75% of couples treated by Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy were significantly improved or recovered (this study was conducted by Dr. Andrew Christensen at UCLA and Dr. Neil Jacobson at the University of Washington). Similar success rates were found for Traditional Behavioral Couples Therapy - almost 66% of couples were significantly improved or recovered.
Dr. Megan Sullaway was one of the 4 treating psychologists in Los Angeles in this important study. She received intensive training in both models of therapy as part of the study.
Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy
Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) combines traditional behavioral interventions (such as communication skills training) with strategies aimed at increasing emotional acceptance and relationship enhancement. To learn more about IBCT, click here.
Behavioral Couples Therapy
Behavioral Couples Therapy includes communication training, problem solving training, increasing positive, pleasing behaviors in the relationship, and so on. It has been recognized by the American Psychological Association as an Empirically Supported Treatment.