Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Brief Relational Couple Therapy

  • Douglas FlemonsEmail author
  • Shelley K. Green
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_885

In keeping with other brief therapy models – including MRI (developed by the clinicians at the Mental Research Institute, e.g., Watzlawick et al. 1974), Strategic Therapy (Haley 1987), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) (e.g., de Shazer 1985), and the Milan Associates (e.g., Boscolo et al. 1987) – Brief Relational Couple Therapy (BRCT) is a systemic approach significantly influenced by Gregory Bateson’s revolutionary systemic ideas (Bateson 2000) and Milton Erickson’s innovative hypnotherapy and psychotherapy methods (Erickson 1980; Flemons 2002; Flemons and Green 2007, 2018; Haley 1986).

Introduction

As brief therapists, BRCT clinicians are committed to working as efficiently as possible (Fisch et al. 1982). Aware that both therapist- and client-expectancy contribute significantly to therapeutic outcome (Kirsch 1999), they are careful not to assume that long-standing and/or particularly distressing problems necessarily require longer durations of treatment (O’Hanlon and Wilk 1987)....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico