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Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships
A Clinician's Guide

Edited By

Jon Carlson


Len Sperry

ISBN 9781138872639
Published April 23, 2015 by Routledge
416 Pages

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Book Description

The loss of intimacy is one of the most difficult—but also one of the most common—factors in the destruction of any relationship. Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships lays out practical, evidence-based guidelines on which clinicians can depend as they wade through the intense emotions and fragile bonds of couples in crisis. With care and sensitivity, the book's authors analyze the increasingly complex context in which the cycle of intimacy develops, wanes, and recovers. The chapters delve into diverse populations' attitudes toward intimacy and provide an entire section on cultural, gender and religious issues.

Clinicians looking for a research-based, practical take on the many facets of intimacy in the twenty-first century need look no further than this book.

Table of Contents

Carlson & Sperry, Preface. Part I: Intimacy Overview. Sperry, Intimacy: Definition, Contexts and Models for Understanding Its Development and Diminishment. Solomon, Teagno, Recovering from Sexual and Other Types of Infidelity, Part I: A Typology of Infidelities. Solomon, Teagno, Recovering from Sexual and Other Types of Infidelity, Part II: Treatment Guidelines and Strategies. Interview with Frank Pittman. Bagarozzi, Recovering Intimacy: Using Assessments to Pinpoint Treatment. Interview with Fred Luskin. Dupree, White, Recovering Intimacy After Infidelity: A Practice-based Evidence Approach. Part II: Clinical Considerations in Recovery from Emotional Infidelity. Scharff, An Object Relations Approach to Intimacy: Loss and Recovery. Interview with Paul Peluso. Fife, Weeks, Barriers to Recovering Intimacy. Helm, Internet Infidelity: Guidelines for Recovering Intimacy. Waller, Financial Infidelity and Intimacy Recovery. Interview with Brent Atkinson. Duffy, Recovering Intimacy with Regard to Health, Work and Friendship Issues. Bermúdez, Parker, Context and Culture in Intimate Partner Infidelity: Co-constructing Preferred Couple Narratives. Interview with Harville Hendrix. Dunham, Ellis, Restoring Intimacy with African American Couples. Smith, Montilla, Recovering Intimacy with Latino Couples: Cultural, Religious and Gender Considerations. Ng, Peluso, Smith, Marital Satisfaction, Intimacy, Enqing, and Relationship Stressors Among Asians. Interview with David Burns. Duba, Intimacy and the Recovery of Intimacy in Religious and Faith-based Relationships. Appendix. Carlson, Sperry, Clinician’s Resource Guide: Popular Self-Help Books on Intimacy.

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Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois and a Psychologist with the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Jon is the author of 50 books, 150 articles and developed and produced over 250 commercial videotapes that feature the most prominent leaders in the field.

Len Sperry, MD, PhD is a Professor of Mental Health Counseling at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He has some 600 publications including 60 professional books. He is on the editoral board of the American Journal of Family Therapy, The Family Journal, and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Together, Len and Jon have collaborated on several other books, including The Intimate Couple and The Disordered Couple


"An excellent resource for clinicians and clinicians in training. I would not hesitate to recommend this text to students who have expressed an interest in working with partners seeking to repair a damaged relationship. A book worth having on your shelf." - Chammie Austin, PhD., Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA, in PsycCRITIQUES