UTILIZE ATTACHED TREATMENT PLAN
Based on the theory demonstrated in one of the humanistic/experiential media resources:In this video, Napier works with one such couple, Bill and Pat. Bill’s recent heart attack has sent this couple into crisis mode—Bill doesn’t want Pat involved with his health, which triggers Pat’s deep-seated rage to boil over, leading Bill to shut down, which in turn further infuriates Pat. Napier provocatively warns them that this spiral may result in Bill having another heart attack, thereby solving both their problems. He highlights the behaviors that they each need to change, then secures a commitment from them both to begin regular couples therapy in order to end the dangerous cycle.
Based on the theory demonstrated in the emotionally-focused media:In this video, Johnson works with a couple on the brink of divorce. Leslie says she can’t take Scott’s explosive temper anymore; Scott says he thinks Leslie sees him as “just a mean and nasty guy.” Johnson helps Leslie communicate that it is not Scott she can’t be close to, but his temper that keeps her away. As Johnson helps Scott explore “softer” emotions hidden underneath his anger, the couple discovers how difficult it is to traverse this foreign territory. Nonetheless, Johnson’s persistent and gentle coaching helps them to take risks and begin to connect in ways they’ve never experienced before, providing a spark of hope that they can reverse their downward spiral.