When Is It Right for Your Clients?
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.
Esther Perel Is Becoming Therapy's Most Visible Presence
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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Is All Fair in Love and Sex? How Couples Can Embrace their Sexual Differences
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
Helping Couples Let Go with Dignity
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.
The Challenge of Open Relationships: Can They Ever Work?
While many therapists are skeptical of open relationships, some believe that, with the right couple, they can work.
Brave New Couples: What can science tell us about the changing face of couplehood today?
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.
Women Who Cheat: Understanding the Message of the Affair
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.
How Far Should We Go?
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.
The Affair In Retrospect
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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