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.
Foreword. Preface. Part I: Intimacy: An Overview. 1. The Development, Loss, and Recovery of Intimacy (Len Sperry). 2. The Phases of Intimacy: Steven Solomon & Lorrie Teago, PhD: their four phase model of the development of intimacy and the role conflict resolution styles plays in delimiting or facilitating relational growth and mature intimacy. 3. The Various Faces of Intimacy: Dennis Bagarozzi describes his new instrument for assessing the 7 faces of intimacy, and how he uses it to guide therapy. Part II: Clinical Considerations in the Recovery of Intimacy Involving Infidelity. 4. Clinical Guidelines in the Recovery from Sexual Infidelity: W. Jared, Dupree (Kansas State University). A vastly expanded version of the Treatment guidelines section of the article in American Journal of Family Therapy (2007): in the areas of Engagement, Assessment, Interventions, Adherence, and Relapse Prevention. 5. Clinical Considerations in Recovery from Emotional Infidelity: M. Gary Neuman, expand section of his Emotional Infidelity book. Part III: Clinical Considerations in the Recovery of Intimacy Not Involving Infidelity. [Chapters 6-12-- or ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS on various topics]. Gerry Weeks–various writings. Janice Spring–expand on her two books. Don-David Lusterman [re-print segment from his last book]. Gary Chapman–recap his Five Love Languages approach. Pepper Schwartz–recap from her latest book. John and Julie Gottman–their latest clinical applications of their research on relationship transformation. Part IV: Cultural, Gender and Religious Considerations. 13. Clinical Guidelines Involving Cultural, Gender and Religion: update the classic article by. D. Penn & J. Hernandez et al in American Journal of Family Therapy, 1997. 14. African American Couples: To Be Determined. 15. Hispanic Couples: Jose Cervantes is Associate Professor at California State University-Fullerton is the President of the Latino Psychologists and has his ABPP in Family Psychology. 16. Asian Couples: Rita Chung is Associate Professor at George Mason University and a leading writer in the area of multicultural counseling. 17. Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Couples: Laura Brown is the leading spokesperson for Feminist Therapy and in private practice in Seattle. 18. Couples with Religious Considerations: Jill Duba is Assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University and Editor of the recent Routledge Book on Religion in Families. Part V: Ethical Considerations. 19. Secrets, Confidentiality, and other Ethical Considerations: Frank Pitman [re-cap from his various writings]. Part VI: The Experience of Recovering Intimacy. 20. Recovering Intimacy: Couples’ Relate Their Experiences: interview segments transcribed and collated from 3-5 couples. APPENDIX. Clinician’s Resource Guide to Professional and Trade Books on Intimacy: Len Sperry
"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