In Australia the prevailing "gold standard" relationship therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, may not work for as many as two out of three couples.
Dr Richard Schwartz says it may even be setting couples up to fail.
If you're embarking on couples counseling for the first time or seeking a fresh start after a disappointing experience, read on to uncover a fundamental flaw that hinders the efficacy of conventional methods.
Discover the cutting-edge approach that's yielding remarkable results in the United States, yet remains relatively undiscovered in Australia.
Congratulations on beginning the process of improving your relationship. Real transformation is possible for you and your partner. No matter how ingrained the problems seem to be.
You both deserve to feel loved, understood and supported. Let's make that happen.
Here are some of the issues we can work through together:
Family of origin issues
This one gets a big box because it's so common
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INTRODUCING MATT COOKSEY
I'm on a mission to revolutionize couples counselling in Australia. My passion has a surprising source. I call it my dirty secret.
I'm a therapist. My husband is a GP. And we flunked couples counselling not once or twice but three times!
We automatically concluded it must be us! Thankfully, being a therapist myself I also considered the possibility that something about the approach was off. Thank God I did.
Hear more about Matt's journey and how it informs a radically different approach with his couple clients.
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1. The Gap between Couple Therapy Research Efficacy and Practice Effectiveness. The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Halford, Pepping & Petch (2015)
2. You're the one you've been waiting for, Richard Schwartz (2023)