Virtually all significant relationships are shadowed by a third party another person, a competing distraction, or even a memory. This book provides clinicians with a hands-on guide to working with many different kinds of relationship triangles in therapy with families, couples, and individuals. The authors show why triangles come into being, how to predict their evolving nature, and how they can be dealt with and resolved in treatment. A wealth of clinical case material and treatment suggestions illustrates how thinking in terms of threes, as well as individuals and dyads, can greatly increase therapeutic flexibility and effectiveness.
Table of Contents
1. Relationship Triangles: Evolution of the Concept
2. The Relevance of Triangles in Clinical Context
3. Addressing Triangles in Therapy
4. The Structure of Relationship Triangles
5. Emotional Process within Triangular Structure
6. The Interaction of Structure, Process, and Function
7. Introducing Triangles in Individual Therapy
8. Coaching and Direct Intervention with Triangles in Individual Therapy
9. Extrafamilial Triangles in Marital Conflict
10. Marital Triangles within the Family
11. Child and Adolescent Triangles
12. Symptomatic Child and Adolescent Triangles within the Family
13. Conclusion: Becoming a "Triangle Doctor"
"This invaluable new addition to the treatment literature will be appreciated by the student, the novice or experienced psychotherapist, and the educator....The authors provide a richly conceptualized treatment that is patient centered and process oriented, with self- focused awareness as the goal. As a clinician, one feels renewed optimist for providing care after reading this book."
"Philip Guerin and his colleagues don't claim that they're riding the crest of the next theoretical wave. They don't spout new jargon to describe what they do, nor claim a special understanding of therapy available only to a few. Instead, they let us in on how they've taken one idea--the emotional triangle--and worked with it over the past 25 years, finding richness and depth along the way....Working with Relationship Triangles is one repository of hard- won wisdom that's worth having in your knapsack when the miracle question flops."
"This book is an excellent resource for therapists wanting to work from a structural and multigenerational family therapy perspective. It makes clear clinically what Bowen and others have written about theoretically. The case studies are particularly helpful in understanding the finer workings of triangles."
-Journal of Family Psychotherapy
"This text takes triangles, a concept central to structural and multi-generational family therapy, to the next level of theoretical refinement and clinical usefulness. Easy to read, rich with clinical examples, I recommend it highly to therapists of all persuasions."
-Salvador Minuchin, MD
from the publisher's website