What happens in our relationships? This is the question that draws people into the profession of couple therapy. Therapists stand outside the couple in order to understand how their relationship systems and unconscious dynamics work. What is it that the couple have created between them? How can you restore the balance within that relationship? We spoke with David Hewison and Kate Thompson of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships on couple therapy: what it offers, why it’s unique among other kinds of therapy, and why it “can’t turn frogs into princes”.
Listen to more from David and Kate, as well as a raft of other eminent psychologists, on Mind This Space, a new podcast series from the psychology team at Oxford University Press. The podcasts explore the fascinating world of psychology for students, researchers, and practitioners.
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