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Suddenly Strangers: Iraq War Vets, PTSD, and the Challenge of Relationship

January/February 2008
With tens of thousands of Iraq War vets with PTSD returning home, therapists increasingly face the challenge of helping them with their troubled marriages.

When Illness Moves In

Helping Couples Process the Trauma of Sickness

May/June 2007
The phrase "in sickness and in health" is a hallowed part of our marriage vows for good reason. As human beings vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases and infirmities, we need to know at the deepest level that our partners or spouses will stick around even when our bodies betray us, as they will eventually. And yet, even though we generally agree that abandoning an ailing partner is unacceptable, we don't really appreciate how high a toll a serious medical problem can take on a relationship.

The Top 10

The Most Influential Therapists of the Past Quarter-Century

March/April 2007
In honor of our 25th anniversary, we conducted the largest survey ever of who therapists believe have most influenced their practice. Here's the field's Top 10, along with a portrait of the orientations and demographics whom they continue to influence.

Case Study

Like a Ghost - Using EMDR to Revive a Traumatized Vet’s Marriage

January/February 2007
EMDR helps a young Irag War vet and his wife emerge from the nightmare of his war experience.

From Research to Practice: Scoreboard for Couples Therapies

Which are the Winners in the Latest Research?

September/October 2006
Research can tell us a great deal about what works and what doesn't both in couples' relationships and couples therapy.

When Three Threatens Two

Must Parenthood Bring Down the Curtain on Romance?

September/October 2006
It takes time—measured in years, not weeks,—for couples to find their bearings again after the birth of a child, and many never do.

Are You There for Me?

Understanding the Foundations of Couples Conflict

September/October 2006
All couples fight, but the fights that really define the relationship are always the same thing: whether partners feel they have a safe, secure connection with each other.

The Art and Science of Love

Can the Gottmans Bring Empirical Rigor to the Intuitive World of Couples Therapy?

September/October 2006
After studying 3,000 couples in the past three decades, researcher John Gottman and his wife Julie are combining his research and her clinical savvy in a science-based therapy. Can a nuts-and-bolts approach focused on fiddling with tiny daily interactions bring couples therapy scientific respectability?

Small Things Often

The Gottman Method in a Nutshell

September/October 2006
A Gottman Method therapist coaches couples to build marital friendships, rather than trying to engineer dramatic breakthroughs.

Scoreboard for Couples Therapy

Which Are the Winners in the Latest Research?

September/October 2006
Research can tell us a great deal about what works and what doesn't both in couples' relationships and couples therapy.
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