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The New Science of Couples Therapy

Highlights from Symposium 2018

May/June 2018
In their featured address, the Gottmans explored what research has revealed about the crucial role the brain’s seven different command systems can play in enhancing the quality of couples’ emotional connection.

In Consultation

Becoming a Therapist for Each Other: How to Deepen Couples Therapy

July/August 2018
How to address one partner’s long-term issues in couples therapy without derailing work on the current relationship.
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Point of View

Resisting Matrimania: A Single Life Can Be a Rewarding Choice

November/December 2018
Author and researcher Bella DePaulo says it’s time to start seeing the growing population of single adults as something more than just people unable to find the right partner.

The Masculinity Paradox

What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Man Today?

January/February 2019
The #MeToo movement has returned the field to many of the issues feminists raised decades ago. This time, however, there’s a new focus on avoiding us-versus-them thinking and exploring the great terra incognita of couples work—the inner world of men and their vulnerability. *Includes an interview with Esther Perel.

Case Study

Storm Damage: Angry Words Can Sink a Relationship

March/April 2019
Even though partners may forgive each other after a heated argument, the hurtful words that were hurled can be haunting nonetheless.

Embracing the Other

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
“Jeremy, we’ve never talked about it, but I cover my head for many reasons,” I told him. “One of them is to keep the energy contained—the heat doesn’t escape."
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The Best Love Story Ever

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Clinical psychologist, researcher, and developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Sue Johnson—challenging the idea that commitment and exclusive relationships have become passé in a world skeptical of traditional values—made an impassioned case for the deeply healing power of intimate connection.

Working with Difficult Men

Where’s the Leverage for Change?

July/August 2019
The conflict between an older, more traditional view of masculinity and a newer, more progressive one is the underlying issue in many marriages today. Helping these couples means violating many of the fundamental principles in the traditional therapy playbook.
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Family Matters

The Last Joke: The Pathos of a May-December Marriage

July/August 2019
A shared sense of humor can help couples make heavy issues feel lighter. But what happens when there’s no one there to get the joke?

Case Study

Bowing Out: The Dilemma of Uncoupling

November/December 2019
If a loving couple shares a relationship history with no major deal-breaker issues, is “uncoupling” the best path?

*COMMENTARY by WILLIAM DOHERTY
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