In Working With Couples Considering Divorce, Dr. William J. Doherty demonstrates his approach to therapy with couples who are thinking of dissolving their marriages. Dr. Doherty's therapeutic approach is to consider the viewpoints of each member of the couple individually, then to look at them as a unit, and to try to help them resolve the issues that seem to be leading them toward divorce.
In this session, Dr. Doherty works with a couple who have been married for 12 years who have two children. The husband has recently moved out and they are considering divorce. Doherty is able to highlight their ambivalence and manages to get a commitment from each to work for 6 months in therapy before making a decision regarding the marriage. This powerful session is 90 minutes long and involves the therapist working with the couple together, with each partner alone, and then back together.