Behavioral Couple Therapy
Name of Model
Behavioral couple therapy (BCT)
Since its development several decades ago, BCT has grown into one of the most widely used couple therapy modalities and has been the most widely studied form of couple therapy. This treatment also forms the basis for later iterations of behaviorally based couple therapy, including cognitive behavioral couple therapy, enhanced cognitive behavioral couple therapy, and integrative behavioral couple therapy. These later treatments adopt many of the theoretical tenets and therapeutic strategies described here while also expanding on this foundational approach to include other domains such as cognition (cognitive behavioral couple therapy) and acceptance (integrative behavioral couple therapy).
Prominent Associated Figures
Neil Jacobson; Gayla Margolin; Richard Stuart; Robert Weiss
BCT is based on behavioral exchange...
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