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Consensual Nonmonogamy

When Is It Right for Your Clients?

January/February 2018
In past decades, the only alternatives to involuntary celibacy in a relationship were affairs or divorce. But more and more therapists are recognizing there’s another option: consensual nonmonogamy. Although the idea isn’t new, it’s challenging our field to see that committed, secure relationships can take many shapes and forms.

Lessons from the Love Lab

The Science of Couples Therapy

November/December 2015
The pioneers who birthed couples and family therapy never paused to scienti cally study the relationships they treated. Now, after systematically observing and doing therapy with thousands of couples, two of the field’s leading researchers summarize what they’ve learned about successful relationships and effective couples therapy.

Reflections on the Divorce Revolution

Assessing Our Impact

July/August 2015
When it comes to helping couples considering divorce, therapists have a hundred ways to ask “What’s right for you?” but often find themselves tongue-tied when it comes to asking “What’s right for the others in your life?” Is it possible to talk about interpersonal responsibility without shaming clients and driving them away?
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Rowing to Nowhere

When is Enough Enough?

July/August 2015
We spend countless hours focused on how best to keep couples together, but rarely pay much attention to how to best help them split up. And we spend even less time examining how our own emotional reactions can influence their decision about whether to divorce.

Point of View

Personality and Habit Change: Are You an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or Rebel?

July/August 2015
In her first book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin tried to answer the question “How do I become happier?” With her new book on changing the habits of daily life, she answers the question “No, seriously, how do I become happier?”

Mary Pipher on Psychotherapy in the Age of Overwhelm

March/April 2015
It’s time we address the psychological toll of the daily bombardment of information that permeates our lives.

Editor's Note

The Gritty, Hot-Blooded Work of Couples Therapy

November/December 2011
This issue’s contributors aren’t just convinced that therapists should do more couples therapy, but that risk-taking and turning up the heat in the therapy room is the key to having real therapeutic impact with couples.
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In Or Out?

Treating the Mixed-Agenda Couple

November/December 2011

At least 30 percent of couples coming to therapy have fundamentally different agendas about whether to try to save the marriage. If we’re ever going to improve our success rates, we need to address that ambivalence from the moment they arrive in our offices.

The Business of Therapy

Recession-Proofing Mantras: How to Stay Calm When Your Practice Seems to Be Under Siege

March/April 2010
Some highly practical mantras that can help even the more business-phobic practitioner keep afloat in these tough economic times.

In Consultation

Old Habits Die Hard: Making couples therapy stick

January/February 2010
It's one thing to make change happen in a couples session; it's quick another to make those changes tick over time.
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