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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.

The New Monogamy

How Far Should We Go?

July/August 2010
Whether we like it or not, today's couples feel far less encumbered by the legal, social, and moral strictures of traditional marriage and its obligations. Increasing numbers are negotiating what they mean by "fidelity" and how they wish to define monogamy in their relationship.

After the Storm

The Affair In Retrospect

July/August 2010
As therapists, we have an unquenchable desire to find happy ending for troubled clients, especially those weathering the crisis of infidelity. But what happens months or years later to those couples once our work with has concluded.
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