Couple therapy for depression

Couple therapy for depression is a brief (often about 12-15 sessions, but can be up to a maximum of 20 sessions) treatment for depression for couples where there is both relationship distress, and depression in one or both partners.

It is largely based on behavioural couple therapy but also draws on other types of couple therapies that have been shown to work well.

Couple therapy for depression focuses on the aspects of depression that concern others around you and on factors that reduce stress and increase support within the couple.

This could include goals such as improving communication, managing feelings, changing behaviour, enhancing problem-solving skills and promoting acceptance within the couple.

It is quite an ‘active’ form of therapy and couples are often asked to do ‘homework’ between sesssions.

 

Suggested reading for couples: