Communication Training

Communication training was introduced from session nine onwards. During this training both partners' personalities became more salient, this may be due to the fact the drinking and depressive symptoms had lessened. In addition, we addressed assertiveness, not only because of Dianne's social anxiety but also because both partners found it difficult to express disapproval and make a request. During these sessions it became clear that Mick had great difficulty handling Dianne's preoccupation with details and her reluctance to delegate tasks unless he submitted to exactly her way of doing things. We had the couple express their expectations about the future and about their (renewed) relationship toward one another. We found it important to address realistic goal setting, especially because Dianne had very high expectations about Mick moving in with her.

In order to enhance her social support network, we encouraged Dianne to start to visit her old friends again, since she had been neglecting these contacts in the past few years. We also encouraged Dianne to start thinking about working again. She enrolled in a volunteer working programme and started as a hostess in a hospital.

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