Couple Narrative Therapy
Couple narrative therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the narration and interpretation of the stories that couples tell about their problems. The narrative approach is based on the fundamental premise that personal and family stories influence and shape our lives; in other words, people are the stories they tell about themselves.
In couple narrative therapy, therapists work with couples to help them construct new stories about their relationship, rather than clinging to old and problematic narratives. Conflicts and issues in a relationship often result from dominant stories that have been built over time and influence how problems are perceived and responded to.
Through the joint exploration of their relationship, the therapist guides the couple, allowing them to identify recurring patterns and themes, ultimately identifying dominant stories that have negatively impacted the relationship.
Once the dominant story is identified, the therapist works with the couple to deconstruct this story that has led to relationship problems. This dominant story is the discourse that has been established as the truth and has become the script of the relationship. The primary goal of couple narrative therapy is the creation of alternative and extraordinary discourses that enable the couple to address their problems more effectively.
Couple narrative therapy is especially useful for couples facing communication problems and conflicts in their relationships. The technique of couple narrative therapy allows the couple to explore their issues in a deeper and more creative way, which, in turn, helps them find more effective solutions.
Narrative practices have no “contraindications” or restrictions of any kind; they can be applied in different contexts and for all kinds of problems or situations. More specifically, through the investigation of common factors, Couple Narrative Therapy has shown good results in:
- Increased understanding and empathy: Through the narration of their stories, couples can better understand each other’s perspectives, which can improve empathy and understanding between them.
- Facilitates conflict resolution: By deconstructing dominant discourses in the relationship, communication patterns that generate conflicts can be identified and worked on to create alternative discourses to resolve these issues.
- Helps modify negative behaviors and thoughts: Couple narrative therapy focuses on modifying negative thought patterns and behaviors, which can result in a healthier and more positive relationship.
- Promotes the creation of new stories and meanings: Couple narrative therapy allows couples to create new stories and meanings for their relationship, leading to positive changes in their dynamics.
- Strengthens shared goals, values, and beliefs: By working on the creation of alternative discourses, shared goals, values, and beliefs can be reinforced, which can strengthen the relationship.
- Provides a safe place for communication: Couple narrative therapy provides a safe place for couples to communicate and express themselves without fear of judgment or criticism.
In conclusion, couple narrative therapy offers a range of benefits for couples seeking to improve their relationship and resolve conflicts. This technique, focused on the deconstruction of dominant stories and discourses and the creation of alternative discourses, can be highly effective in promoting healthy communication, improving understanding and empathy between couples, and strengthening the relationship as a whole.