Therapists sometimes get stuck trying to change a couple's interactional patterns without understanding the underlying belief systems that maintain the patterns. By zeroing in on the core beliefs and expectations of each partner, the therapist is able to address multiple levels of experience and help the couple change pivotal aspects of their relationship in a short period of time. Conflicting beliefs around money, sex, power, gender, responsibility and intimacy will be examined within this therapeutic framework. Videotapes excerpts will demonstrate different ways of changing constraining beliefs to those that enrich the relationship.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
PEGGY PAPP, A.C.S.W., is a therapist in private practice and Co-Director of the Brief Therapy Project at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in New York City. She is recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the American Family Therapy Association and the award for distinguished contribution to Marital Family Therapy from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. Her latest book is Couples On the Fault Line.