First published in 1996, this enlightening book about facilitating therapeutic change within the couple relationship opens with a transcript of one of a series of lectures by Virginia Satir. It presents readers with Satir’s observations – observations that show the difference between thinking with systems in mind and thinking linearly – of process, interrelatedness and attitudes. Readers will find these and the observations of contributors that follow full of practical application potential.

In this title the editor brings together contributors who show how to affect change in couples by explaining dynamics of the male/female relationship and by expanding upon the roles of the therapist. Specifically, contributors give readers information about:

  • Male/female relationships over a 30, 000-year history and how history may have affected present day relationships between men and women
  • Therapists as merely resource providers who facilitate self-discovery and self-solutions
  • The necessity of marital therapy in maintaining stability and change from both systemic-interpersonal and intrapersonal perspectives
  • Psychodynamic, affective and insight-oriented, marital therapy
  • The consultative conversation model and its relationship to the change process in couples therapy
  • Fostering change of psychological (emotional and verbal) abuse
  • Why women leave abusive relationships
  • The use of a specific physical posture for assessing a couple’s interactive style

Therapists who work with couples will keep Couples and Change within reach and refer to it often as they help couples develop more healthy, satisfying relationships.

chapter |18 pages

To What End: Couples Therapy

chapter |6 pages

Are We Running Away from Change?