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Wise, compassionate, and highly practical, this engaging text covers the entire process of therapeutic work with couples, from opening sessions and assessment through skills building, core issues, and termination. Students and novice couple therapists learn effective strategies for intervening with couples of any age who are struggling with acute crises or longstanding conflicts and power struggles. Rich with sensitive, detailed case material, the book features numerous exercises that help readers identify and ...
Wise, compassionate, and highly practical, this engaging text covers the entire process of therapeutic work with couples, from opening sessions and assessment through skills building, core issues, and termination. Students and novice couple therapists learn effective strategies for intervening with couples of any age who are struggling with acute crises or longstanding conflicts and power struggles. Rich with sensitive, detailed case material, the book features numerous exercises that help readers identify and develop their own strengths as practitioners. Self-care strategies and tips for getting the most out of supervision are provided. Special topics include how to address couple issues with only one partner and couple therapy applications for chronic mental health problems.
"This groundbreaking book will be of tremendous help to clinicians who want to expand their ability to work with couples. Drawing from a number of perspectives, including family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches, Taibbi has produced a concise, coherent primer. The reader will find practical guidance on understanding and treating the unique challenges facing couples at various phases of the lifespan, including difficulties around money, work, sex, children, and in-laws. Taibbi shows how to keep sessions moving and provides a guide for action-oriented treatment, clearly demonstrating how the work can change the dynamics of relationships."—Marion Solomon, PhD, Director of Training, Lifespan Learning Institute, Los Angeles, California
"This thoughtful and practical guide carefully leads the therapist through each stage of the therapeutic encounter with a couple. Of particular value for therapists in training is a study guide at the end of each chapter that encourages readers to explore their own process and use-of-self as an instrument for change."—David E. Greenan, LMFT, EdD, senior faculty, Minuchin Center for the Family, New York, New York
"There are a number of books on doing couple therapy based on a particular model, but until now, there hasn't been a text for beginning couple therapists that is so comprehensive, practical, and eclectic. Illustrated with clear, compelling examples, this book is filled with the sage advice of a leader in the field. It is written in a direct, highly readable style, as if the reader were sitting in Taibbi's office receiving hours of supervision. Doing couple therapy can be like navigating a minefield—this book provides the map I wish I'd had when I was starting out."—Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, Center for Self Leadership, Oak Park, Illinois
"A gift for seasoned therapists and beginners alike. Treating the intricacies, delicate balances, and difficult compromises of any couple relationship is different from working with individuals or families, and is arguably the most challenging form of therapy. In very clear, engaging writing, Taibbi presents a comprehensive, integrated model of couple treatment. He constructively demonstrates how to utilize systems, behavioral, and developmental treatment models, while keeping the therapy direct, simple, and profoundly compassionate. Despite specializing in couples work for the past 20 years, I found Taibbi's approach compelling and refreshing. There were many useful insights for this old dog, who was quite delighted to learn some new tricks."—David Treadway, PhD, private practice, Weston, Massachusetts
1. Into the Fray: Theoretical Foundation and Overview2. The Basics: Clinical Goals and Tasks3. Beginnings: Presentations, Assessments, and Goals4. Beginnings in Action5. Clearing the Clutter: Improving Communication Skills6. Drilling Down: Core Issues7. Termination8. Of Money, Sex, and Children: Handling the Power Issues9. The Challenges of the Early Years10. Re-Creating the Vision11. Battle and Loss: Managing the Teenage Years12. One Big Happy Family: Working with Stepfamilies13. The Challenges of Old Age14. One Helping Two, Two Helping One: Working with Individuals in Relationships15. Life in the Details: The Nuts and Bolts of Couple TherapyEpilogue