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Doing couple therapy : craft and creativity in work with intimate partners /
Robert Taibbi.
imprint
New York : Guilford Press, c2009.
description
xii, 276 p.
ISBN
1606232444 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781606232446 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Guilford Press, c2009.
isbn
1606232444 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781606232446 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Into the fray : theoretical foundation and overview -- The basics : clinical goals & tasks -- Beginnings 1 : presentations, assessments, and goals -- Beginnings in action -- Clearing the clutter : improving communication skills -- Drilling down : core issues -- Termination -- Of money, sex & children : handling the power issues -- The challenges of the early years -- The early years : recreating the vision -- Battle and loss : managing the teenage years -- Big happy family : working with stepfamilies -- The challenges of old age -- Helping two, two helping one : working with individuals in relationships -- Life in the details : the nuts and bolts of couples therapy.
catalogue key
6818580
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"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, senior faculty, Minuchin Center for the Family, New York, USA "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, Center for Self Leadership, Oak Park, Illinois, USA
"Very much a hands-on, step-by-step guide to doing couple therapy....The basic structure of the book is clear and consistent....The language is clear and accessible....The constant use of case material, with its friendly narrative feel, lightens and enlightens the text. The book is full of engaging and dynamic characters with the whole range of endearing and frustrating personalities that people our work. The author makes a warm and lively relationship with the reader, mirroring the very substance of the couple counselling he is illustrating. Most usefully, the author offers generous quantities of practical strategies for understanding and working with the whole variety of people and presentations that fill the book."--The Independent Practitioner
"What I like most about the book is the Exercises section at the end of each chapter...because they are solid, basic homework-type questions that a cognitively oriented therapist would give to the couples for their own homework."--PsycCRITIQUES
"What I like most about the book is the Exercises section at the end of each chapter...because they are solid, basic homework-type questions that a cognitively oriented therapist would give to the couples for their own homework."-- PsycCRITIQUES
"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, senior faculty, Minuchin Center for the Family, New York, USA"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, Center for Self Leadership, Oak Park, Illinois, USA"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, in private practice, Weston, Massachusetts, USA"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, Director of Training, Lifespan Learning Institute, Los Angeles, California, USA"This practical and compassionate book lays out a clear and convincing framework for conducting couple therapy. It helps clinicians make the critical transition from individual to 'couple' thinking and provides the know-how and techniques for successful treatment of diverse relational problems. A key advance is its sensitivity to life cycle challenges that often form the backdrop to couple conflicts. This volume is sure to be an invaluable resource for practicing clinicians and therapists in training." - Jefferson A. Singer, Department of Psychology, Connecticut College, USA
"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, senior faculty, Minuchin Center for the Family, New York, USA"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, Center for Self Leadership, Oak Park, Illinois, USA"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, in private practice, Weston, Massachusetts, USA
"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
"This practical and compassionate book lays out a clear and convincing framework for conducting couple therapy. It helps clinicians make the critical transition from individual to 'couple' thinking and provides the know-how and techniques for successful treatment of diverse relational problems. A key advance is its sensitivity to life cycle challenges that often form the backdrop to couple conflicts. This volume is sure to be an invaluable resource for practicing clinicians and therapists in training."--Jefferson A. Singer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Connecticut College "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
"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 City "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
"This practical and compassionate book lays out a clear and convincing framework for conducting couple therapy. It helps clinicians make the critical transition from individual to 'couple' thinking and provides the know-how and techniques for successful treatment of diverse relational problems. A key advance is its sensitivity to life cycle challenges that often form the backdrop to couple conflicts. This volume is sure to be an invaluable resource for practicing clinicians and therapists in training."--Jefferson A. Singer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Connecticut College "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
"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
"Practical and engaging....It is both detailed and heartening. I like the way [Taibbi] encourages therapists to develop their own styles and play to their own strengths in their work with couples and his emphasis on self-reflection and self-care in this challenging area of therapy. I think most couple therapists would find new ideas or be reassured that there is sound thinking beyond many of the interventions they already use. I am happy to recommend it."--Sexual and Relationship Therapy
"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
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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, addressing 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.
Table of Contents
Into the Fray: Theoretical Foundation and Overviewp. 1
The Basics: Clinical Goals and Tasksp. 14
Beginnings: Presentations, Assessments, and Goalsp. 36
Beginnings in Actionp. 54
Clearing the Clutter: Improving Communication Skillsp. 77
Drilling Down: Core Issuesp. 96
Terminationp. 120
Of Money, Sex, and Children: Handling the Power Issuesp. 137
The Challenges of the Early Yearsp. 160
Re-creating the Visionp. 175
Battle and Loss: Managing the Teenage Yearsp. 189
One Big Happy Family: Working with Stepfamiliesp. 209
The Challenges of Old Agep. 223
One Helping Two, Two Helping One: Working with Individuals in Relationshipsp. 238
Life in the Details: The Nuts and Bolts of Couple Therapyp. 257
Epiloguep. 269
Indexp. 271
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