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MACHADO, Rebeca Nonato; MELLO, Renata; DANTAS, Cristina Ribeiro  and  MORAES, Jaqueline. Couple's psychotherapy: ambiguity in treatment and clinical management. Vínculo [online]. 2018, vol.15, n.1, pp. 8-21. ISSN 1806-2490.

This study aims to investigate the demand for treatment in couples psychotherapy. It seeks to understand the repercussions of contradicting initial complaints and latent issues in the conduct requiring referral, as well as the necessary clinical management due to the ambiguity in the request for help. We developed a clinical-qualitative investigation, based on a case study. The treatment took place at a private university school-clinic in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The couples psychotherapy occurred in co-therapy, once a week for three months with weekly supervisions. We verified that the couples' demand for treatment is often very ambiguous, which can lead to deadlocks for the psychotherapist, such as intense concerns about the conduct of therapeutic interventions and doubts regarding the recommendations for the adequate treatment.

Keywords : Couple's Psychotherapy; Treatment Demand; ambiguity; Undifferentiation.

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