A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy (Relational Perspectives Book Series) Paperback – 18 Mar 2014
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"This outstanding new book is, to put it simply, the best book out there on the application of cutting-edge psychoanalytic thinking to couples therapy. Ringstrom writes in a nonjudgmental, even-handed way about the joint contributions to conflict from both partners. The problems of blame, failure of mutual recognition, and difficulties in self-actualization are clearly laid out. He recognizes the power of unconscious repetitions in intimate relationships, but he writes with an optimism that offers hope to the therapist and to the couple that their conflicts are not etched in granite and ultimately can be negotiated and managed in the service of a more fulfilling relationship. Most of all, he offers a clear and clinically useful road map to guide both the beginning therapist and the experienced clinician. I highly recommend it to all clinicians since even those patients in individual treatments must learn to live in dyads." - Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Author, Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting
"Dr. Ringstrom's book, A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Therapy, perfectly lives up to the promise inherent in its title. It provides not only a step by step, organized model of the clinical process fundamental to Ringstrom's approach to working with couples, replete with rich case illustrations; its opening chapter also offers a deeply comprehensive, yet eminently readable, theoretical explanation for the Relational framework itself. But the book goes even further than the promise it makes. It is about couples treatment, to be sure, but more, it provides a basis for understanding and conducting treatment in any modality: adult, child, adolescent, and family. What a gift to the clinician!" – Estelle Shane, is Founding Member, Training and Supervising Analyst, and Faculty Member of Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member of New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles
"Ringstrom approaches couples therapy not with a narrow view of resolving psychological conflict, but with the conviction that we enter couple relations with the hope of a fuller self-development and creativity that can only emerge in robust, mutually recognizing engagement. In this theoretically wide-ranging and ambitious account he offers both a concise guide to relational thought and a vivid account of work in the consulting room that brings theory to life. In a voice that is at once remarkably clear and humane he depicts the core struggle in which two human beings strive to awaken one another, caught between repeating the dreaded past and the hope for fulfillment of deep longings. A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Therapy is a book imbued with deep empathy and thoughtfulness about the purposes and perplexities of love." - Jessica Benjamin, author, Shadow of the Other, Intersubjectivity and Gender in Psychoanalysis, (Routledge, 1998); Supervising Faculty, New York University Postdoctoral Psychology Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
About the Author
Philip A. Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD, is a Senior Training and Supervising Analyst and faculty member at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. He is a member of the editorial boards of both the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He is also a member of the International Council of Self Psychologists, and on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
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psychoanalytic relational thinking with a sophisticated understanding of systems theory and the contribution
of alternate schools of family therapy. Case examples were engaging in illustrating concepts and complicated couples'
issues in his six step mapping of the treatment model. If I were teaching couples therapy to graduate students,
this book would be an excellent resource for beginning clinicians navigating the murky terrain of couples work,
yet I also found much to consider as I think about my own couples work. I must add that his "dedication"
statement epitomizes the wit and profundity that infuse this engaging text..
1. Crisply and clearly written with robust case examples including cases with early terminations.
2. Tight and flexible conceptual framework for the multiple layers of dynamics present within a couple and with the therapist.
3. Ringstrom's process can be applied to individual therapy cases by facilitating formulation.
It is helpful to have at least a year's worth of education in psychoanalytic literature, theory and concepts.
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