The term “contact” implies full awareness of both internal and external events. Relationship is based upon contact; people need both internal and external awareness in order to maintain a healthy relationship. In any relationship, healthy or unhealthy, relational needs are experienced by the partners. In this paper, we describe eight major relational needs that arise in couple relationships. When these needs are not responded to, the relationship becomes increasingly toxic and is likely to go through predictable stages of dysfunction. Intervention strategies are suggested, based on the relationship’s progression through these stages; and specific intervention techniques are described.
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Erskine, R. G. and Moursuns, R. 2020 Contact and Relational Needs in Couple Therapy: An Integrative Psychotherapy Perspective. Available at https://www.integrativetherapy.com/en/articles.php?id=135 Last accessed April 2023