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Claiming Center Stage

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"Night after night, I’d wait for my father to shout, 'Who’s it gonna be, folks? Who’ll be the lucky girl to come on down and ride the elephant tonight?'”

What Greg Taught Me

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"Even though I’d been out as a gay man for decades, I still felt disgust at my erotic interests. Although several therapists over the years had told me I wasn’t a sex addict, I fired all of them until I found one who agreed with my self-diagnosis."

Case Study

Second Adolescence: An Alternative to the Midlife Crisis

March/April 2018
Instead of viewing midlife as a time of emotional unraveling, therapists can see it as an opportunity to help clients gain a fuller sense of purpose in life’s later stages.

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.

Everywhere at Once

Esther Perel Is Becoming Therapy's Most Visible Presence

September/October 2017
By questioning some of the fundamental premises of traditional marriage, couples therapist Esther Perel has become, at least for the moment, psychotherapy’s public face and most quotable voice. But what is she saying that’s so intriguing and makes her stand out from all the other relationship experts our field produces?
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Case Study

Is All Fair in Love and Sex? How Couples Can Embrace their Sexual Differences

July/August 2017
Even if we believe that tender intimacy is the gold standard of erotic communication, can’t attachment be expressed in other ways?
    • Commentary by Tammy Nelson

The Intentional Divorce

Helping Couples Let Go with Dignity

July/August 2015
In today’s changing world, therapists need a new road map for helping couples end unions with their dignity intact, their sanity whole, and in a greater spirit of cooperation and good will.

Case Study

The Challenge of Open Relationships: Can They Ever Work?

July/August 2015
While many therapists are skeptical of open relationships, some believe that, with the right couple, they can work.

Point of View

Brave New Couples: What can science tell us about the changing face of couplehood today?

May/June 2015
Susan Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, discusses what the science of love says about what couples can expect when they rebel too much against the conventions of traditional marriage.

Case Study

Women Who Cheat: Understanding the Message of the Affair

May/June 2013
Far from being evidence of marital bankruptcy, a woman’s affair can be a way of expressing a desire for a different self and an opportunity to breathe life into a suffocating relationship.
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