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Couples in Therapy & The Psychology of Relationships


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Couples Therapy: Counterintuitive Approaches to Working More Effectively
The Psychology of Relationships: Promoting Intimacy with Couples, Children and Adolescents


Marty Klein On Sex, Relationships, Infidelity, and much more...

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Family and Couple Therapy Related Professional Organizations

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Infidelity and Affairs

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America's War on Sex (YouTube)


Additional References on Couples Therapy

  • Abse, S. (2013). Further thoughts on when a problem shared is a problem . . . Whose illness is it anyway? Questions of technique when working with a borderline couple. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 3, 178 – 187.
  • Anker, Morten G., Duncan, Barry L., Sparks, Jacqueline A.. (2009) Using Client Feedback to Improve Couple Therapy Outcomes: A Randomized Clinical Trial in a Naturalistic Setting. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 77, No. 4, 693–704 0022-006X/09/ DOI: 10.1037/a0016062.
  • Bader, Ellyn & Pearson, Peter (2016). Initiating Calm Discussions.
  • Balfour, A., & Lanman, M. (2012). An evaluation of time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for couples: A pilot study. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 85, 292–309.
  • Baucom, D. H., Belus, J. M., Adelman, C. B., Fischer, M. S., & Paprocki, C. (2014). Couple-based interventions for psychopathology: A renewed direction for the field. Family Process, 53, 445– 461.
  • Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development. (2016). Blueprints database standards. Retrieved from programCriteria.php
  • Borduin, C. M., & Dopp, A. R. (2015). Economic impact of multisystemic therapy with juvenile sexual offenders. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 687– 696.
  • Brody, Stuart, Costa, Rui M.. Vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of women's better psychological, intimate relationship, and psychophysiological function. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. Vol. 26, No. 1. DOI: 10.3138/cjhs.261-A3
  • Brogan, L., Haney-Caron, E., NeMoyer, A., & DeMatteo, D. (2015). Applying the Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) model to juvenile justice. Criminal Justice Review, 19, 1–26.
  • Brotto, L.A., & Basson, R. (2014). Group mindfulness-based therapy significantly improves sexual desire in women. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 57, 43–54. Medline:24814472 .
  • Costa, R.M., & Brody, S. (2007). Women's relationship quality is associated with specifically penile-vaginal intercourse orgasm and frequency. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 33(4), 319–327. Medline:17541850 .
  • Dopp, A. R., Borduin, C. M., White, M. I., & Kuppens, S. (2017). Family-based treatments for serious juvenile offenders: A multilevel meta-analysis. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology, 85(4), 335-354.
  • Doss, B. D., Rowe, L. S., Morrison, K. R., Libet, J., Birchler, G. R., Madsen, J. W., & McQuaid, J. R. (2012). Couple therapy for military veterans: Overall effectiveness and predictors of response. Behavior Therapy, 43, 216 –227.
  • Gurman, Alan S. (2008). Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Fourth Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Halford, W. K., Pepping, C. A., & Petch, J. (2016). The gap between couple therapy research efficacy and practice effectiveness. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42, 32– 44.
  • Hedges, Lawrence (2011). Sex in Psychotherapy. London: Routledge.
  • Heiman JR, Long JS, Smith SN, Fisher WA, Sand MS, Rosen RC. (2011) Sexual satisfaction and relationship happiness in midlife and older couples in five countries. Archives of sexual behavior;40(4):741–53. pmid:21267644
  • Hertzmann, L. (2017). Review of A relational psychoanalytic approach to couples psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 34(2), 255-259.
  • Hewison, D., Casey, P., & Mwamba, N. (2016). The effectiveness of couple therapy: Clinical outcomes in a naturalistic United Kingdom setting. Psychotherapy, 53(4), 377-387.
  • Hewison, D., Clulow, C., & Drake, H. (2014). Couple therapy for depression: A clinician’s guide to integrative practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., Pinsof, W. M., & Haase, C. M. (2015). Treatment response in couple therapy: Relationship adjustment and individual functioning change processes. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 657– 666.
  • Lebow, J. L., Chambers, A. L., Christensen, A., & Johnson, S. M. (2012). Research on the treatment of couple distress. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 145–168.
  • Leonhardt, Nathan D., Willoughby, Brian J., Young-Petersen. Bonnie. (2017) Damaged Goods: Perception of Pornography Addiction as a Mediator Between Religiosity and Relationship Anxiety Surrounding Pornography Use. Published online: 13 Mar 2017 Download citation
  • Ludlam, M., & Nyberg, V. (Eds.). (2007). Couple attachments: Theoretical and clinical studies. London, UK: Karnac.
  • Nyberg, V., & Hertzmann, L. (2014). Developing a mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for therapeutic intervention with couples (MBT-CT). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 4, 116 –135.
  • O'Farrell TJ, Schumm JA, Dunlap LJ, Murphy MM, Muchowski P.(2016) A randomized clinical trial of group versus standard behavioral couples therapy plus individually based treatment for patients with alcohol dependence. J Consult Clin Psychol. Jun;84(6):497-510. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000089. Epub 2016 Mar 10.
  • O'Farrell TJ, Schreiner A, Schumm J, Murphy M. (2016) Do outcomes after behavioral couples therapy differ based on the gender of the alcohol use disorder patient? Addict Behav 54:46-51. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.12.005. Epub 2015 Dec 9.
  • Pui-Hing Wong, Josephine, Cockwell, Daphne, Macpherson, Fraser, Vahabi, Mandana, Li, Alan. Understanding the sexuality and sexual health of Muslim young people in Canada and other Western countries: A scoping review of research literature. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality Vol. 26, No. 1. DOI: 10.3138/cjhs.261-C1
  • Reilly, Winifred (2017). It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help from My Spouse and How You Can, Too. New York: Touchstone.
  • Schofield, Margot J , Mumford, Nicholas, Jurkovic, Dubravko, Jurkovic, Ivancica, and Bickerdike, Andrew. (2012) Short and long-term effectiveness of couple counselling: a study protocol. BMC Public Health; 12: 735. Published online 2012 Sep 3. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-735 PMCID: PMC3490822
  • Slepian ML, Chun JS, Mason MF. (2017) The experience of secrecy. J Pers Soc Psychol;113(1):1-33. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000085. Epub 2017 May 8.

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