The Institute for Marital healing is committed to the strengthening and healing of marriages through the provision of high quality marital therapy that uncovers and addresses weaknesses in each spouse, marital education conferences, writing, and a number of EWTN televisions shows and Catholic Answers and Relevant Radio programs on marital and child healing. Many of these shows are available can be downloaded or are available for purchase.
We believe that in order to have a strong marriage spouses need to have healthy personalities. The major way in which one can develop a healthy personality is through in self-knowledge, which most spouses lack, and through the hard work of growing in virtues. After identifying major weaknesses in self-giving love, we regularly recommend the growth in a number of virtues which can diminish such conflicts.
In addition to cognitive-behavioral therapy, we work in the new area in mental health field of positive psychology which focuses on the role of virtues in addressing cognitive, emotional and behavioral conflicts. In January 2015 the second edition of the American Psychological Association Book was published and retitled, Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope, co-authored with Dr. Rober Enright, professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dr. Fitzgibbons has made a contribution to this young field by authoring a seminal paper in 1986 on the cognitive and emotive uses of forgiveness in psychotherapy and by later coauthoring a textbook on treating the excessive anger in psychiatric disorders in adults and children with forgiveness therapy with his colleague, Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for American Psychological Association Books, Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope(2000). This textbook was the second offering in the Spring 2000 catalogue of American Psychological Association Books.
When appropriate, the empirically proven beneficial role faith in maintaining psychological health is recommended.
Our work with married couples has been and is strongly influenced by the writings of St.John Paul II on marriage, family life and the human person, particularly his classic works on marriage and family life, Love and Responsibility and The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World.