Heightening in couple therapy

Jesse Owen*, Kelley Quirk

*Corresponding author for this work

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3 Scopus citations


Across couple therapeutic modalities, heightening interventions have been proposed as a mechanism of change. The current article describes how behavioral and emotion-focused heightening techniques can be facilitated in couple therapy. We provide actual case examples of psychotherapist interventions aimed at heightening couples' relational or emotional interaction. Ultimately, heightening encourages couples to confront difficult topics together, express vulnerable emotions, and make new meaning of the lived experiences that might be interfering with the quality of their relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Communication
  • Couple therapy
  • Heightening
  • Intervention
  • Therapist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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