Couples Therapy: Working with Individuals within Their Relationship

Overview

Using vivid case studies and vignettes of clinical practice, Crawley and Grant provide a comprehensive overview of couples therapy within a psychodynamic and systemic framework. Arguing that successful work with couples requires an understanding of, and a capacity to engage with, both the individual partners and the dynamics of their relationship, the authors show how theoretical understanding of the phenomenon of the couple relationship plays out in the practical issues that ...

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Overview

Using vivid case studies and vignettes of clinical practice, Crawley and Grant provide a comprehensive overview of couples therapy within a psychodynamic and systemic framework. Arguing that successful work with couples requires an understanding of, and a capacity to engage with, both the individual partners and the dynamics of their relationship, the authors show how theoretical understanding of the phenomenon of the couple relationship plays out in the practical issues that confront the counselor or therapist working with couples.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403994905
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Psychotherapy Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM CRAWLEY is a practitioner in private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, with a particular interest in couples therapy. JAN GRANT is associate professor and program coordinator of the Masters/PhD programs in Counselling Psychology at Curtin University of Technology, Perth.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: PERSPECTIVES FOR UNDERSTANDING AND CHANGE
• Introduction: The Context for Couples Therapy
• The Psychodynamics of the Couple Relationship
• Thinking Systemically About the Couple
• What About Love?
• PART TWO: THE PROCESS OF COUPLES THERAPY
• The Therapeutic Process with Couples
• The Format of the Session
• The Dynamics of Presenting Problems
• PART THREE: POSTCRIPT
• The Strengths and Limitations of Couples Therapy

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