Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Collaborative Couple Therapy

  • Daniel B. WileEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_214

Name of Model

Collaborative Couple Therapy


Ego Analytic Couple Therapy


In Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT; Wile 1981, 1993, 2002, 2008, 2011), the therapist relates to the partners collaboratively with the goal of improving their ability to relate collaboratively with each other.

“Relating to the partners collaboratively” means appealing to the couple as consultants in guiding the therapy. “Improving the partners’ability to relate collaboratively” means recognizing that the particular content of the couple’s conflicts – money, sex, childrearing practices, amount of time spent together, and so on – is only part of the problem. The additional and often more important part is how partners talk – or do not talk – about these conflicts. They fight or withdraw. Collaborative Couple Therapy is founded on the assumption that partners in a problematic exchange are in need of a conversation – a conversation of reconciliation in the case of fighting or of reconnection in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OaklandUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam R. Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA