Publisher: Bruner/Mazel Publishing
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This book - so rich in theoretical and clinical revelation - provides deep insight into the author's approach to couples therapy. Readers at any level of practice will come away with a much expanded, greatly empowered perspective on how to work with couples effectively and how to maintain personal balance in the face of the many complex problems that can arise over the course of treatment. At once pluralistic and coherent, Jerry Lewis' approach draws heavily on psychoanalytic object relations psychology, with a focus on how couples negotiate core issues related to separateness-autonomy and connectedness-intimacy. He walks readers through the actual assessment and treatment scenario, stopping along the way to clarify and support important points. The basic intervention methodology is anchored by a three-stage process, which is carefully described. Through the use of a fluid and flexible approach that builds on the nuances of healing interaction - without diminishing the essential quality of conflict - Dr. Lewis demonstrates the power of therapeutic alliance in establishing trust, instilling hope, and finding relief. Practitioners and students alike will find in Marriage as a Search for Healing a host of new ideas to further inform and inspire clinical thinking.
Kelly E. Arduino:
This book is Dr. Jerry Lewis's personal theory and approach to couples therapy. He describes how to systematically assess, conceptualize, and treat couples within the context of his "pluralistic" perspective. The author describes his theory and approach to treating couples, which has evolved from his extensive experience as a clinician and family/marital researcher. There are many books of this type on the market, but the author's reputation and work in the area of healthy families/relationships is unique. This book is written specifically for the couples therapist and secondarily for the individual psychotherapist. The author is certainly qualified to write a personal perspective book of this kind.
The book relies on text, in the form of case examples, rather than figures or illustrations to describe theory and application. Sections on theory are appropriately referenced and the author provides a suggested reading list for further understanding of theoretical concepts. This book is exclusively for the clinician rather than the academic. It is written in an informal tone with case examples and personal anecdotes for illustration of theory and treatment. At times, the text may ramble and be repetitive, but it is easy to read. Given the author's prolific and successful publication history, many people would probably buy his latest effort. Therefore, the primary consumers of this book are bookstores and individual clinicians. The book is competitively priced.