Our expert says:
As I often point out, there are far too many therapists practising psychoanalytic type therapies, for which there is simply NO good evidence that they are ever really effective, which take ages, cost a fortune, and far too often make problems worse or at least more complex. I NEVER EVER recommend such therapies, and wish such therapists would be refused registration or payment until they read literature published in the last 10 years. give up obsolete and useless methods, and adopt modern and effective methods.
Dealing with past abuse, far too many therapists spend ages digging round in the ancient dirt, which is valueless, rather than dealing with the current assumptions one has formed as a result of such past experiences, and revising these usefully.
In your situation, surely joint sessions would be desirable, and any competent therapist would consider and probably recommend them. It should not require months of "preparation" for joint sessions, maybewith individual sessions continuing at the same time. It is irresponsible for a therapist to engage exclusively with one of a couple, where the relationship is imperilled, and not to deal with the relationship problems, including those actually caused or exacerbated by the therapy.
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