Couples in distress enter therapy holding two goals that they now experience as mutually exclusive: to feel loved and to feel understood. Toni Herbine-Blank’s powerful new brand of couple therapy, Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO), offers a comprehensive conceptual map for achieving both goals. In a tour de force of elegant case illustrations wrapped around clear instruction, this book shows the IFIO therapist working with the natural subdivisions – or parts – of the human mind in a dyad, guiding and supporting couples to understand how they project childhood injury into current relationships and then, feeling threatened, frustrated and angry, lose track of their underlying needs to feel safe, connected and loved. With a focus on generating internal attachment stability to sustain each partner through the moments when the other is unavailable, couples in IFIO therapy reconnect with their essential needs, change their conversations and learn to make requests that invite rather than threaten in order to get those needs met.

chapter |7 pages


part 1|27 pages


part 2|117 pages

The Flow and Eddies of the Middle

chapter 3|11 pages

Tracking Cycles

chapter 4|23 pages

Courageous Communication

chapter 5|12 pages

Individual Work

chapter 6|10 pages

Countertransference in Couple Therapy

chapter 7|11 pages

Negotiating Needs

chapter 8|10 pages

You, Me, We?

Negotiating Corresponding Needs that Conflict

chapter 10|14 pages

Deepening Experiential Work

chapter 11|9 pages

What Makes a Difficult Case Difficult?

part 3|21 pages


chapter 12|19 pages

Repairing Relationship Rupture