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Congruence Couple Therapy for Pathological Gambling

  • Bonnie K. Lee
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Abstract

Couple therapy models for pathological gambling are limited. Congruence Couple Therapy is an integrative, humanistic, systems model that addresses intrapsychic, interpersonal, intergenerational, and universal–spiritual disconnections of pathological gamblers and their spouses to shift towards congruence. Specifically, CCT’s theoretical foundations, main constructs, and treatment interventions are illustrated in a progression of six clinical phases. Promise of CCT’s systemic conceptualization and interventions for pathological gambling and future directions in its continuing evolution are discussed.

Keywords

Congruence Couple Therapy Pathological gambling Couple therapy Humanistic Experiential Spiritual Virginia Satir 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The author gratefully acknowledges funding from the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre for the two empirical studies on Congruence Couple Therapy from which this composite case is drawn. Special thanks to Bev West, David Gregory, Jason Solowoniuk and Florence Loh for their editorial assistance and comments in the preparation of this manuscript.

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  1. 1.School of Health SciencesUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

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