The mindful couple

Judith P. Siegel

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Couples who request conjoint treatment often demonstrate relationship problems that are exacerbated by emotional reactivity. Neurobiology research has clarified the process of emotional dysregulation, and the benefit of mindful interventions in managing and preventing hyperarousal. This paper examines the mechanics of emotional dysregulation and presents a case example that demonstrates how breathing and staying in the moment were used to help de-escalate an agitated couple. Mindful interventions can be used to help couples tolerate, understand, and manage emotional states that can otherwise become destructive. These techniques are particularly useful with volatile couples, and can be used in conjunction with other therapeutic interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-287
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014


  • Couples therapy
  • Emotional regulation
  • Mindfulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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