Virtually all significant relationships are shadowed by a third party—another person, a competing distraction, or even a memory. This groundbreaking 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. The paperback edition includes a new series editor's note by Michael P. Nichols.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Note, Michael P. Nichols
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"
About the Authors
Philip J. Guerin, Jr., MD, the founding director of the Center for Family Learning in Rye Brook, New York, is the originator of the genogram and cognitive systems models of psychotherapy for families, couples, and individuals. A former faculty member at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fordham University Graduate School of Psychology, and the University of South Alabama School of Medicine, he is the senior author of the highly regarded text The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict.
Thomas F. Fogarty, MD (deceased), a cofounder of the Center for Family Learning, served on the faculties of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Pastoral Counseling Institutes of St. John's University and Iona College. Highly regarded as a creative teacher and clinician, Dr. Fogarty practiced his model of family systems in Westchester County, New York, for more than 40 years.
Leo F. Fay, PhD, a retired Associate Professor of Sociology at Fairfield University, now resides in Arizona and serves on the visiting faculty of the Center for Family Learning. He is a coauthor of The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict.
Judith Gilbert Kautto, ACSW, a faculty member and former Director of Postgraduate Education at the Center for Family Learning, maintains a full-time private practice in Westchester County, New York, and is a coauthor of The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict.
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