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1st Edition

Building Bridges

ISBN 9780789002228
Published May 6, 1997 by Routledge
118 Pages

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Book Description

Couples: Building Bridges shows therapists how to successfully apply basic principles of human interaction and communication to help facilitate intimate connections between people. Using the approaches in this book, you will see how the bridge between couples materializes naturally as a result of the combination of respect, truth, careful observations, awareness, and shared information.

Contributors in Couples: Building Bridges encourage therapists to bring their own behavior into awareness--to see themselves as the major instrument of change in the therapy process and to recognize that work must begin with themselves before starting to work with couples. However, the book stresses that therapy is not something performed on a couple but rather a process geared toward increasing the range of choice of behavior for clients.

Therapists working with couples or with individuals seeking therapy concerning their intimate relationships will find Couples: Building Bridges a valuable reference for promoting healthy, open relationships.

Table of Contents

Contents Congruent Communication Builds Bridges

  •  Watching Virginia Satir Build Bridges Between a Pair
  •  Commentary on Virginia Satir: Demonstration in Making Connection
  •  David and Judith: A Dialogical-Contextual Approach to Couples Therapy
  • Deconstructing the “Covered Bridge:” Couples Therapy With Sexual Abuse Survivors and Their Partners
  •  Burning or Building Bridges: The Deliberation Process of Women in Abusive Intimate Relationships
  • Going Tandem
  • The Existential Psychotherapist as a Host in Couples Therapy
  •  Notes on The Existential Psychotherapist as a Host in Couples Therapy
  • The Balloon Theory: Helping Couples Expand Their Capacity for Intimacy
  •  Assessing Couple Decision-Making: Relational and Clinical Implications
  • Reference Notes Included
  • Index

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