Couple Psychoanalysis and Couple Therapy: Context and Challenge
Couple and family psychoanalysis are disciplines in search of definition. This paper offers a definition of couple psychoanalysis and considers its relationship to couple therapy. It reflects on Oedipal dimensions of the couple therapist's role, and explores contextual aspects of four clinical challenges intrinsic to that role: (1) looking in and looking out; (2) relating to sex and gender; (3) engaging with difference; (4) conserving and changing. The paper concludes with the assertion that three is a community, not a crowd, and that couple therapy, like couple psychoanalysis, is about building communities.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 April 2011
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- Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Journal is a new international journal sponsored by the Bristish Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors, the Professional Association of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and aims to promote the theory and practice of working with couple and family relationships from a psychoanalytic perspective. It seeks to provide a forum for disseminating current ideas and research and for developing clinical practice.
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