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Couples, Intimacy Issues, and Addiction

1st Edition

By Barbara Jo Brothers


168 pages

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Explore effective, innovative ways to foster healthy relationships!

This thoughtful book discusses fresh and innovative ways to treat partners in distress. It suggests creative therapeutic ways to approach a range of problems and inner needs. Encompassing case studies, theoretical concepts, and original research, Couples, Intimacy Issues, and Addiction offers an intimate glimpse into the painful journey to marital healing.

Couples, Intimacy Issues, and Addiction reveals the secret dynamics of marriages in trouble. It offers models for nontraditional relating, insight for handling such devastating crises as adultery, and a fascinating analysis of the marital crisis in the film Eyes Wide Shut. It shows how to use powerfully effective techniques including facilitated imagery, self-psychology, and a phasic model of handling adultery.

Couples, Intimacy Issues, and Addiction addresses the tough issues that can shatter a marriage, including:

  • balancing privacy and relatedness
  • handling the intrusive memory of a late spouse
  • facing one partner’s addiction
  • healing from adultery and other disloyalties

    Though the problems presented in these pages are potentially devastating to any marriage, this book offers an attentive, respectful approach that will be beneficial to both partners. Couples, Intimacy Issues, and Addiction offers solid, tested advice on ways to encourage clients to confront their genuine needs and deal with the ghosts of the past. With these techniques, psychologists, social workers, and couples counselors can help partners on the brink of divorce can build a healthy marriage on a solid foundation of love and trust.

Table of Contents

  • Centered Selves
  • Authentic Therapeutic Contact: Centered Selves Connecting with Each Other
  • Centered Selves Connecting with Each Other: Elements in Authentic Therapeutic Contact
  • How to Pair?
  • What Is Love? The Physiological and Psychodynamic Components of Love
  • Dual Dwelling Duos: An Alternative for Long-Term Relationships
  • How Not To Pair: Addictions and Other Triangles
  • Restoration of Intimacy and Connection in the Treatment of Couples with Substance Abuse Issues
  • Intimacy in Addicted Couples: Clinical Issues and Case Studies
  • The Ghost Triangle as an Obstacle to Intimacy
  • Couple Therapy Interventions for Problems with Extramarital Affairs: A Phasic Model
  • Tools: Dreams, Imagery, Fantasy
  • Tom and Nicole, A Couple in Distress: The Wish Not to Know in Marriage
  • Couples in the Playspace: Self Psychology, Dreams, and Couples Therapy
  • The Application of Facilitated Imagery to Marital Counseling
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Addiction