The Vibrant Relationship: A Handbook for Couples and Therapists

Author(s) : Kirsten Seidenfaden, Author(s) : Piet Draiby, Editor : Ros Draper, Editor : Mette-Marie Davidsen, Translator : James Bulman-May, Illustrator : Viktor IV

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The Vibrant Relationship: A Handbook for Couples and Therapists

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Category :
    Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
  • Catalogue No : 29240
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855758131
  • ISBN 10 : 185575813X

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Creating and sustaining a vibrant relationship is one of the most difficult challenges we come across in our lives. But when we do succeed, it is the source of a truly deep and lasting happiness. To succeed, we need some tools to help us on our way.

The subject of this book is the Dialogue of Acknowledgement, an extremely efficient and loving tool that can help people come to grips with problems as well as form the basis for a new way of living and ethical practice, both within the couple and in all other relationships in life.

This book hopes to introduce the reader to a way to a shared life of openness, curiosity, acknowledgement, appreciation, and recognition and help them to learn how to converse and listen so that it will be possible for you to explore yourselves and each other in new ways.

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There is no quick and easy way to a mature, strong, and mindful relationship. The journey consists of small steps towards creating increasing confidence for each other as you learn to counter your old habits, survival strategies, and seemingly uncontrollable emotions. Experiencing the way differences can be enriching and not just threatening for your relationship is also part of the processes described in this book. The Vibrant Relationship is not just a book that promotes marriage or relationship per se. It is an optimistic book about new opportunities which are just within our reach - if we make a little effort.

About the Author(s)

Kirsten Seidenfaden (b. 1946) graduated in clinical psychology from the University of Copenhagen in 1976, has additional specialization in psychotherapy and supervision, and further training in systemic consultation and family therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and relational therapy for couples. In 1998, Kirsten founded the Danish Imago Institute and in 2004, the Centre for Relation Focused Therapy. For more than ten years, the centre has hosted courses for couples and parents, as well as further training in relational therapy for psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

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Piet Draiby (b. 1941) graduated as a medical doctor in 1972, and is a GP and supervisor with additional specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry. For some years, he was head of an Outpatient Clinic for adolescent psychiatry and presently is in private practice. He is trained in psycho-dynamic therapy, gestalt therapy, systemic family therapy, and therapy for children and couples.

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Ros Draper is a therapist, teacher and supervisor who has made major contributions to the development of family therapy in Britain over the last thirty years. When Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, London and working at the Institute of Family Therapy, London, she developed her practice in both adult and child psychiatric settings. Ros was chair for the Institute of Family Therapy and Birkbeck College, University of London MSc in a Systemic Approach to Management, Coaching and Consultation, and currently has a private practice in Hampshire and London.

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Mette-Marie Davidsen is a qualified nurse and journalist, and author of several books, among others Tiden med en Teenager, Aschehoug 2006.

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Chris Upton on 10/03/2011 14:38:06

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I started this book yesterday and have just finished it. It's rare, these days, to find a book I want to finish, especially in 24 hrs. I am a semi-retired counsellor. I found that I had already been employing quite a few techniques that resembled the processes described over the years, tentatively and not always with confidence. It is reassuring and inspiring to now have before me a plan of action that is tried, tested and evidence based. As I read through and reflected on each stage my own experience in part resonated and gaps in my understanding were illuminated.

I sincerely wish that this book gets the widest distribution possible. In my opinion it's a valuable work, dealing with very complex relationship issues, yet succinctly and elegantly presented at a time when couples in the current climate need all the help they can get. The way it is laid out systematically in bite size chunks, interspersed with appropriate exercises and straightforward, well-articulated, jargon free, clarification of theory makes the book accessible to a wide audience. I will put the ideas in the book to good use in my personal and professional life.

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