Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT)
BCT is a 16-session treatment for depression for couples where there is both relationship distress and depression in one of the partners.
The BCT model focuses on the relational aspects of depression and on factors that reduce stress and increase support within the couple. The focus of the treatment is on relieving stress and improving communication; managing feelings and changing behaviour; solving problems and promoting acceptance; and revising perceptions.
The core of the model is the therapist’s ability to keep the focus on the couple relationship without discounting the two individuals who comprise it. This is sometimes referred to as seeing the ‘couple as patient’, and requires a perspective that takes full account of how each partner acts on, and is acted on, by the other.