The Intimate Couple

Author(s) : Jon Carlson, Author(s) : Len Sperry

The Intimate Couple

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 1999
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 250
  • Category :
    Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
  • Catalogue No : 7251
  • ISBN 13 : 9780876308806
  • ISBN 10 : 0876308809

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As important as intimacy is in our personal and professional lives, intimacy as a theoretical and clinical factor still remains a phenomenon. Currently, there appears to be as many definitions of intimacy as there are individuals writing about intimacy. In The Intimate Couple, the contributors agree - despite their theoretical orientation - that individuals have a need for both belonging and autonomy, and that balancing these two needs is the basic challenge in intimate relationships. Each chapter addresses this challenge both theoretically and clinically.

In the first section, the contributors articulate the construct of intimacy within a number of contexts, including a Marital Intimacy Questionnaire and seven strategies for assessing intimacy in the clinical context. Following this, the focus turns to different methods for treating couples, such as cognitive-behavioural and post-modern collaborative approaches, and the use of reality therapy. Finally, these contributors address the variety of issues that arise when dealing with intimacy, such as the relationship between spirituality and intimacy, intimacy in bisexual couples, or intimacy problems when one or both partners in the relationship have severe psychiatric disorders.

Overall, the contributors provide the best possible clinical milieu for the couples they work with in therapy and in couples workshops, and present trainees with the most current, cutting-edge theory and research. The editors have assembled this group of expert clinicians, theorists, and researchers and have challenged them to move the field of couples and marital therapy into its prime.

About the Author(s)

Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois and a Psychologist with the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He is the author of 50 books, 150 articles and developed and produced over 250 commercial videotapes that feature the most prominent leaders in the field.

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Len Sperry, MD, PhD is a Professor of Mental Health Counseling at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He has some 600 publications including 60 professional books. He is on the editoral board of the American Journal of Family Therapy, The Family Journal, and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

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