Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy by Alan S. Gurman PhD

By Alan S. Gurman PhD

An excellent supplemental textual content, this instructive casebook offers in-depth illustrations of remedy in response to an important couple treatment types. An array of major clinicians supply a window onto how they paintings with consumers grappling with light and extra severe medical issues, together with conflicts surrounding intimacy, intercourse, strength, and verbal exchange; parenting concerns; and psychological ailment. that includes of various a long time, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations, the circumstances make clear either what works and what does not paintings whilst treating intimate companions. every one candid case presentation contains attractive reviews and dialogue questions from the editor.

See additionally Clinical guide of Couple remedy, Fourth Edition, additionally edited through Alan S. Gurman, which supplies an authoritative review of concept and practice.

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She was not going to trust him with her pain or vulnerability as long as he treated her as an enemy. She could talk about her fear, but her assertive anger was much less accessible. Lisa and Steve’s pattern is a variation of the general pursue–Â�withdraw pattern that characterizes about 85% of couples (Gottman, 1994). From an attachment framework, the pursuer position often has to do with disrupted attachment in the couple. John Bowlby noted a common sequence in his observations of children’s responses to disruptions in core attachment relationships.

3 From an attachment perspective, couples come into therapy when patterns of disruption have taken over and the couple can no longer effectively repair breaches in their connection to regain a sense of reliable attunement with each other. They can’t reliably create the sense of engaged connection and responsiveness that lets them know they are understood by and important to each other. It was clear from the beginning of our work together that Lisa and Steve were very attached to each other, but that the dance of their interaction had become a painful one of discord, confrontation, withdrawal, and distance.

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