From the beginning of therapy, SRCT "shapes the couple's attention to self-directed change" and offers three different levels of therapy, depending on how capable the couple is for self-change. Self-change depends on what Halford calls "metacompentencies" within a couple. Metacompetencies include such things as "self-appraisal, setting self-change goals, implementing self-change strategies, and evaluating the effects of the self-change efforts." If a couple has sufficient metacompetencies, brief (two to six sessions) self-directed therapy is offered. For couples who cannot self-appraise and self-select goals or who lack certain relationship skills, one or two additional levels of therapy are offered first. Halford's chapters on these other levels are rich in invaluable methods and techniques for working with more distressed couples. However, the ultimate goal of therapy for any couple is the development of adequate metacompetencies for self-change.