Helping Couples Work Through Old Character Attacks
By Ellen Wachtel - I used to believe that if a couple was getting along and behaving in a loving way to one another, hurtful and even cruel words would naturally fade into the background. But I’ve frequently seen couples in which hurt spouses may forgive their partner for the harsh words spoken in anger, but nonetheless remain haunted by some biting comment that continues to sting long after the argument is over.
Storm Damage: Angry Words Can Sink a Relationship
Even though partners may forgive each other after a heated argument, the hurtful words that were hurled can be haunting nonetheless.
In a Good Relationship, Your Problems Aren't Yours Alone
By Ellen Wachtel - In couples therapy, if we can help each partner be a better therapist for the other, all three of us can feel more helpful and effective. My favorite way is to start by using a particular exercise to provide a window into each partner’s psyche.
Becoming a Therapist for Each Other: How to Deepen Couples Therapy
How to address one partner’s long-term issues in couples therapy without derailing work on the current relationship.
How to Accomplish Something in Every Session
By Ellen Wachtel - Doing couples therapy isn’t easy. But often there are implicit positives in statements in which the main point is anger, disappointment, and hurt. With practice, therapists can learn to pick up on the strengths that are embedded in painful emotions.