Helping Couples Get Past the Affair: A Clinician's Guide

Helping Couples Get Past the Affair: A Clinician's Guide


By (author) Donald H. Baucom, By (author) Douglas K. Snyder, By (author) Kristina Coop Gordon

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 351 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1609182391
  • ISBN 13: 9781609182397
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 263,580

Product description

From leading marital therapists and researchers, this unique book presents a three-stage therapy approach for clinicians working with couples struggling in the aftermath of infidelity. The book provides empirically grounded strategies for helping clients overcome the initial shock, understand what happened and why, think clearly about their best interests before they act, and move on emotionally, whether or not they ultimately reconcile. The volume is loaded with vivid clinical examples and carefully designed exercises for use both during sessions and at home.

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Author information

Donald H. Baucom, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA and Kristina Coop Gordon, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA

Review quote

"Based on sound theory and accumulating evidence, this book is a clear-headed, compassionate guide for working with the volatile emotional issue of infidelity." - Andrew Christensen, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA "We have long known that traditional couple therapy models are not applicable to treating couples who experience infidelity. Baucom et al. offer a revolutionary approach in which infidelity is conceptualized as a traumatic event, yet they are able to facilitate empathy for both parties...I have already begun using this therapy model in my private practice and teaching it to my clinical psychology graduate students, with wonderful results." - Erika Lawrence, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, USA

Table of contents

I. Preparing for Treatment1. Conceptualizing an Integrative Treatment for Affair Couples2. Initial Assessment and Formulation3. Creating a Therapeutic EnvironmentII. Stage 1 of Treatment4. Damage Control5. Restoring Equilibrium6. Addressing Emotional UpheavalIII. Stage 2 of Treatment7. Preparing the Couple to Examine Contributing Factors8. Examining Relationship Factors9. Examining Outside Factors10. Examining Individual Partner Factors11. Complex Affairs12. Tying It All Together: Creating a Formulation of How the Affair OccurredIV. Stage 3 of Treatment13. Addressing Issues of Forgiveness and Barriers to Moving Forward14. Moving Forward15. Concluding Comments