Couple therapy this is one of the most interesting areas of work in which a psychologist can specialize.
Not only does this make it possible to intervene in an area of life that is extremely important to many people, but it also makes it possible to adopt a vision of the therapeutic process that goes beyond the individual. That is to say, it starts from a conception of psychological well-being in which each person is cognitively and emotionally linked to their context, and in particular to those close to them.
How to train to be a couple therapist?
When it comes to specializing by dedicating oneself professionally (mainly, or in combination with other forms of psychological intervention) to couples therapy, take into account these criteria which masters and postgraduate courses must meet to choose from. These will allow you to get an idea of the quality of these training courses.
1. It offers the possibility of internships
Couples therapy is a clearly applied activity: theory is useless if you don’t know how to apply it and contrast it with reality. Furthermore, romantic relationships are fundamentally changing and dynamic phenomena, so we cannot pretend to approach them in a linear fashion, first checking what the books say and then carrying out the instructions that appear to be described. You must master the training contexts in real time, in a therapeutic context with patients.
Therefore, to be a couples therapist it is essential to go through training programs that give the possibility to practice with flesh and blood couples, not just by imagination and hypothetical situations.
2. It is taught by professionals in this discipline
Partly from what we have seen before, the ability to receive the supervision and knowledge of psychologists with extensive experience in couples therapy is very beneficial for those who want to learn. In this way, even the theoretical component of this training will have a practical element.
Couples therapy professionals go beyond textbooks and offer advice on the small details of everyday life, both what happens in the psychological care sessions and what happens between them: planning, bureaucracy, schedule management, etc.
3. It goes beyond the pathological
While the concept of therapy is often used in the clinical context, it should be borne in mind that in practice the problems addressed in couples therapy are not caused by disorders.
Therefore, a postgraduate or master’s degree in couple therapy it should be based on social psychology, and not so much on clinical and health psychologyUnless it is designed to be extremely specialized in a specific area of romantic relationships (or in a part of the population already diagnosed with mental disorders).
4. Take sexuality into account
Human sexuality is deeply involved in the vast majority of relationships, Either as a source of emotional problems, or as a factor in maintaining these problems, if they come from outside the bedroom. Therefore, becoming a couples therapist means expanding your knowledge and experience in this aspect of intimate life.
5. Provides training in the therapeutic relationship
The ability to have a good therapeutic relationship is crucial. For this reason, these courses and masters should include practical advice of this type, which allows the therapeutic process to flow and couples who seek professional help to engage in the evolution of these sessions.
Where to specialize?
If you are interested in training to become a couples therapist in the region of Murcia, a very good option is the Master in Sexology and Couple Therapy carried out by the Couple Institute, Available in semi-face-to-face, face-to-face and online formats.
This professionalization option, designed and promoted by the benchmark entity in Murcia for couples therapy, allows you to learn over a 10 month course especially when it comes to romantic relationships, sexuality and sex therapy, drug addiction cases, situations of gender violence, paraphilias, and much more.
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- Biscotti, O. (2006). Couples therapy: a systemic view. Buenos Aires: Lumen.
- Christensen A., Atkins DC, Baucom B., Yi J. (2010). “Marital Status and Satisfaction Five Years After a Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Traditional Couples Behavior Therapy with Integrative Therapy.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 78 (2): p. 225 – 235.