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How To Eliminate 5 Common Mistakes in Couples Therapy

In 30 years of supervising couples cases, I’ve seen every possible way a therapist can undo their own progress inadvertently in just a few seconds.

These self-defeating interventions can all be boiled down into one of 5 harmful mistakes. And I hate to say it, but you’re probably making at least one of them.

The good news? It’s not your fault.

Ellyn Bader, Ph.D.
Founder of The Couples Institute

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There’s an insidious thing happening in your couples therapy sessions.

It’s unraveling the progress you’ve worked so hard to attain with your couples.

Not many therapists are talking about it, yet it’s rampant in sessions.

In 30 years of supervising couples cases, I’ve seen every possible way a therapist can undo their own progress inadvertently in just a few seconds.

These self-defeating interventions can all be boiled down into one of 5 harmful mistakes. And I hate to say it, but you’re probably making at least one of them.

The good news? It’s not your fault.

Part of the problem is that these interventions seem so intuitively correct.

They’re taught in graduate schools and therapist training programs. They keep getting used in sessions because they seem so innocent. The words roll out easily. What looks like an effective intervention causes problems and mischief that will require even more effort for you to undo.

What are these simple, yet harmful couples therapy errors?

I’m looking forward to telling you all about them on this webinar.

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