PACT is an integrative approach encompassing many different aspects including neurobiology, attachment theory, and the biology of activation. Neurobiology assists in providing a framework for how our brains are wired and respond to situations. Attachment theory provides a lens by which we view how we connect with others in relationships. Our nervous system is impacted by our level of activation. The ability to remain grounded and attend to our partner is crucial to relationship success. PACT integrates all of these aspects to assist couples in working towards becoming secure functioning in their relationship.
Since PACT is rather unique in its comprehensive and integrative approach, a session typically includes the following:
PACT sessions are typically longer than the traditional 50 minute sessions. Session length may vary depending on a variety of individual factor, and can be discussed with the therapist. Attention to body movement and facial expression is important during sessions. The focus in session is less on content (e.g. issues with finances or parenting) and more on how partners relate to each other.