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    Couple Therapy for Depression

What it is

Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD) is an integrative, NICE approved, evidence-based treatment of up to 20 sessions of couple therapy designed to treat depression in individuals within their couple relationship, using the relationship as a key resource for recovery. It is one of the high intensity therapies offered in NHS IAPT Services.

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Understanding couple therapy for depression

This therapy is designed to treat mild to moderate depression in people who have a regular partner, where the relationship may contribute to the development or maintenance of depressive feelings. Sessions are delivered through a local Mental Health Service - typically, IAPT - and both members of the couple are encouraged to attend.

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