Brief Strategic Couple Therapy Roles of the Therapist
- The essential role is to persuade at least one participant in the couple to do "less of the same" solution that keeps the complaint going.
- The therapist works with the "customer," or person most concerned about the problem. They might not even work with the resistant spouse, for the sake of preserving maneuverability.
- Therapist keeps control, while rarely exerting control directly with authoritative prescriptions or an expert role. Rather, taking a "one-down" stance is common, listening with an empathetic curiosity. This promotes client cooperation.
- Avoid client apprehension and resistance by conveying that only the clients can decide whether and when to change.