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Relational Financial Therapy: An Innovative and Collaborative Treatment Approach

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An intervention model for couples reporting both relationship and financial stress was developed and evaluated. The model utilized co-therapy teams of marriage and family therapists and financial planners who employed a five-session treatment approach in working with 12 couples. Findings demonstrated numerous benefits of this collaborative model. A recommendation was made that academic programs and professionals in MFT and Financial Planning develop similar interdisciplinary collaborative efforts.

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  1. Financial difficulties are not just an issue of income. What is important is the income to debt ratio. A couple could be earning hundreds of thousands of dollars and still be struggling financially.


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Kim, JH., Gale, J., Goetz, J. et al. Relational Financial Therapy: An Innovative and Collaborative Treatment Approach. Contemp Fam Ther 33, 229–241 (2011).

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