chapter  14
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Cognitive Techniques and Interventions

When working with couples, therapists have the choice of using interventions that are affectively, behaviorally, or cognitively oriented. The fi rst two categories of interventions have been widely discussed in the marital therapy literature (Long & Young, 2007). In spite of the fact that cognitive approaches have been highly infl uential in individual psychotherapy, the use of cognitive interventions in couple therapy has received little attention (Dattilio & Epstein, 2005). For the most part, cognitive approaches have primarily been applied to individuals. Nevertheless, there has been increased attention in couple therapy to the momentary thoughts partners have about each other and their more stable relationship beliefs (Dattilio, 2010), and more has been published on cognitive therapy and couples during the past decade than in all prior times.