We can work it out

AAP 14 January 2008

Couples who try to sort out their relationship difficulties on their own are only half as likely to make improvements than those who enter therapy, Australian research has found. An extensive review of Australian and international relationship therapy research has concluded that couples who worked on their relationship together with a therapist have a 65 per cent chance of achieving a mutually satisfactory improvement in their relationship.

“If they don’t receive help their chance of a good outcome is only 35 per cent,” said Dr Matthew Bambling, a psychologist and relationship therapist at Queensland University of Technology. And success rates weren’t much better if only one person underwent therapy, according to the review published in the journal Couple Therapy in Australia.