Family Member as Coach

Emanuels-Zuurveen and Emmelkamp (1997) described a therapy that is similar to CT for depression, with the exception that the patient's spouse was included in all sessions. Treatment did not focus on family problems; rather, the focus remained on the depressed person. In a trial that included depressed individuals who were satisfied with their marriages, they found that spouse-aided therapy was equivalent to individual CT in terms of depression outcomes.

Nezu, Nezu, Felgoise, McClure, and Houts (2003) described a problem-solving therapy for distressed breast cancer patients in which a significant other was included in all parts of therapy as a problem-solving coach. The significant other provided social support and feedback to the cancer patient regarding her use of problem-solving skills. Nezu et al. compared problem-solving therapy with a partner as coach to problem-solving therapy alone and a waiting-list control. At the end of treatment, both active treatments were superior to the waiting-list control in terms ofreductions in psychological distress. However, at 6-month and 1-year follow-ups, the partner-assisted therapy actually showed better outcomes than the problemsolving therapy alone.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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