One or more therapists
This is part three of a three part article. The content is adapted from a paper written by Jon Hay and Stephen Appel PhD entitled “From one person to two person psychotherapy: considerations and practicalities for including the partner in the treatment”. The original article can be downloaded from the AUT University library website.
Chapter 1 of this article looked at how individual psychotherapy can impact on the partners of those in treatment and suggested that psychotherapists should maintain an awareness of this potential along with an openness to adjusting the therapy format if necessary. Chapter 2 then explored how the therapy format can be altered to include the partner if the need arises.
If the therapist and client agree to include the partner in the therapy process, and the partner agrees to attend, the next decision is who should conduct the treatment? The choices are that either one therapist does all the work with both partners, or a referral is made to a colleague. Each approach warrants different considerations. If one therapist conducts both therapies, then confidentiality becomes the pressing issue. If two or more therapists become involved in the treatment, the main concern is how the therapists will collaborate and integrate the different treatments.