I am trained in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) by its founder Andrew Christensen.
IBCT is an empirically validated approach that integrates the goals of acceptance and change that produces positive outcomes for couples. Research on IBCT found a significant clinical improvement in approximately 70% of moderately to severely distressed couples who received 25 sessions. IBCT focuses on the emotional context between partners along with greater acceptance and intimacy. Further, deliberate change occurs in the context of addressing specific problems. Greater acceptance tends to dissolve resistance to change and reduce conflict. Therefore, couples can communicate and problem-solve more effectively.
IBCT emphasizes case formulation and emotional acceptance as foundational for concrete change combined with evocative interventions. IBCT consists of the evaluation and treatment phases. The evaluation phase includes assessing the motivation for couples therapy along with concerns and goals. The treatment phase consists of exploring positive and negative issues that are a part of a pattern in the relationship.