Following the recommendations of the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for just such a behaviourally-based couple therapy treatment, RCT studies of efficacy as well as ‘best practice’ in behavioural, cognitive, emotionally-focused, systemic, and psychodynamic couple therapies were examined to see what worked, and then integrated into a coherent therapy model.
Sticking closely to the competencies identified for the treatment of depression and relationship distress in couples, Couple Therapy for Depression:
Couple therapy for Depression recovery rates for both depression and anxiety are higher than all other modes of therapy in IAPT services including CBT and counselling. Psychological Therapies: Annual report on the use of IAPT services (Published 18th October 2016) indicates that couple therapy for depression recovery rate stands at 61.8% for anxiety and 58.8% for depression (i.e. significantly higher than CBT and counselling – which are the standard offer in most IAPT services).