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(p. 323) Couple Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 

(p. 323) Couple Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
(p. 323) Couple Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Nicole D. Pukay-Martin

, Steffany J. Fredman

, and Candice M. Monson

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date: 28 October 2020

Research suggests a bidirectional relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intimate relationship functioning. PTSD leads to deleterious effects on intimate relationships, whereas specific relationship factors may maintain or exacerbate PTSD symptoms. To address this reciprocal relationship, couple therapies for PTSD have been created and investigated. Cognitive–behavioral conjoint therapy (CBCT) for PTSD will concurrently improve both PTSD symptoms and relationship functioning. Within every couple exists the potential for individual and relationship recovery, such that traumatized persons can live with fewer (or no) symptoms of PTSD and both partners can experience more enriched, fulfilling lives. This chapter discusses the impact of PTSD on intimate relationships and provides an overview of CBCT for PTSD, including a description of the therapy, considerations for its application, and empirical support for its efficacy.

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