PACT: Psychobiological Approach To Couples Therapy
PACT or Psychobiological Approach To Couples Therapy is an approach that takes into account neuroscience and attachment theory to better the relationship between the couples. This outlook was developed by Stan Tatkin and this approach try to help couples observe their response to situations as they happen and understand how to improve each others’ attachment needs.
Stan Tatkin, the founder of the PACT Institute, created this approach to help couples focus on their emotions and their response to those emotions. This method is comparable to those of other therapy approaches that focus on the attachment style of the couple.
PACT Focuses On Such Specific Areas:
1. Arousal and affect management:
The human body and mind are receptive to many moods and emotions – of both people on an individual level. These emotions are stress, anger, affection among others.
2. Attachment theory:
Humans are creatures that build and foster attachments to those they care about and love. This theory assists in explaining how attachment works in couples.
3. Developmental neuroscience:
Our brain changes and develops with time in reaction to environmental and biological factors. This helps explain the change these factors have on a relationship.
PACT takes out arguing and focuses on what is happening to your emotions – neurologically. This model of couple therapy counts on each partner’s neuro and psycho capabilities such as physical awareness, awareness of mind, facial expressions, speech, and actions to effectively deal with stress.
How PACT Works:
PACT focuses on little things you say or do in a session.
- A PACT therapist will recreate an experience or situation similar to that which causes the arguments in a relationship.
- The therapist will then ask the couple to focus on the speech, facial expressions, and body expressions to discern the triggers.
- PACT sessions do not require as many sessions as the traditional couple therapy sessions but a PACT session may take as long as 3-6 hours.
- The therapist may record the session to provide instant feedback to the couple seeking therapy.
How PACT Helps:
PACT wasn’t developed to help issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or PTSD but it helps direct the ways in which such issues can affect a relationship. PACT doesn’t target specific relationship issues rather it focuses on the attachment style and neurological issues that affect the relationship.
This module of therapy addresses the emotional reactions to situations and the behavior and actions they trigger. This therapy helps a couple observe and understand the emotional and behavioral patterns.
PACT teaches couples how to better address arguments and conflicts in the long-term.
PACT is a relatively new approach to therapy and is recommended for couples who are seeking professional help with their relationship.
Navigating through relationships is not easy and it requires a lot of time and effort to keep the relationship afloat. A relationship is about balancing your emotions as well as those of your partner’s.
With the help of PACT (psychobiological approach to couples therapy), a couple can stay connected with each other’s emotions, improve reactions to said emotions, and understand the triggers that bring out those emotions.
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Love each other, trust each other but first – understand each other.
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