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Planned Ending of Therapy with a Couple Who Recovered Joy

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This paper continues a conversation begun in this Journal between Pierre Cachia, as therapist, and Jill Scharff, his writing partner (Cachia & Scharff, 2013). Their account of a couple who lost joy focused on a turning point in the mid-phase of therapy. In this article, the authors focus on the planned ending of that couple's therapy. Ideas on ending from the individual analytic literature are discussed in terms of their application to couple therapy and various criteria are presented for consideration when assessing whether a couple is ready to finish treatment. Pierre Cachia presents the process of a late phase session to illustrate in detail the theory and technique of a planned ending of couple therapy. In a shared voice, the authors conclude by tying theory and clinical example together.
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Keywords: analytic couple therapy; assessment; countertransference; ending; goals

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2013

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  • Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Journal is a new international journal sponsored by the Bristish Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors, the Professional Association of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and aims to promote the theory and practice of working with couple and family relationships from a psychoanalytic perspective. It seeks to provide a forum for disseminating current ideas and research and for developing clinical practice.
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