Monday, June 22, 2009

"COUPLESHIP"

Being in a healthy, loving relationship is a challenge in our modern times, but there are many, many supports to help you and your partner in this wonderful endeavor. I've even started a separate blog about it: http://coupleslog.blogspot.com/

Here are some books and programs I can suggest:

Codependents Anonymous http://www.codependents.org/
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.

Recovering Couples Anonymous http://www.recovering-couples.org/
Couples in recovery committed to restoring healthy communication, caring, and greater intimacy to our relationships.

Al Turtle's Relationship Wisdom :: Main Page
Original articles, essays and charts of the collected wisdom of 35 years of working with couples in trouble.

Coupleship: How to Build a Relationship
"Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, is a nationally known consultant, educator and author. She was the founding chairperson of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. She is a family therapist who has conducted workshops around the world and has consulted with the military, school systems, business and industry, treatment centers and corporations. She is a past winner of the Mary Mann award as a top communicator. She has appeared on "The Phil Donahue Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" twice and "Good Morning America.' She lives in Las Vegas. "

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples
"When Harville Hendrix writes about relationships, he discusses them not just as an educator and a therapist, but as a man who has himself been through a failed marriage. Hendrix felt the sting of his divorce intensely because he believed it signaled not only his failure as a husband but also his failure as a couples counselor. Investigating why his marriage dissolved led him to start looking into the psychology of love. Marriage, he ultimately discovered, is the "practice of becoming passionate friends."
As a result of his research, Hendrix created a therapy he calls Imago Relationship Therapy. In it, he combines what he's learned in a number of disciplines, including the behavioral sciences, depth psychology, cognitive therapy, and Gestalt therapy, to name just a few. He expounds upon this approach in Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. His purpose in writing the book, he says, is "to share with you what I have learned about the psychology of love relationships, and to help you transform your relationship into a lasting source of love and companionship.""

The Intimacy Factor: The Ground Rules for Overcoming the Obstacles to Truth, Respect, and Lasting Love
"A certified addiction counselor and registered nurse, Pia Mellody (Facing Codependence), writing with the assistance of Freundlich (president of Freundlich Communications), offers a self-help guide based on the role of spirituality in intimate relationships. As a recovering alcoholic, Mellody experienced a profound love coming to her from God; this supportive love led her to develop the fairly complex program that she currently uses while counseling clients. The author believes that many children are traumatized by parents who either shame (disempower) their children or force them into a parental role (falsely empower). Labeling both actions as abusive, Mellody provides examples of how children treated this way can recover and function more happily in the adult world. She details here how to erect healthy physical, emotional and intellectual boundaries that will foster rather than hamper intimacy and boost self-esteem. "

Jane Rekas

LCSW, CHt

Jane Rekas is a Licsensed Clinical Social Worker at Turtle Dove Counseling and Hood River DBT, Certified Hypnotist at Hood River Hypnosis, Reiki Master at Rekas Reiki, Astrologer at Astrological Counsel, and Seasonal Color Analyst at Expressing Your Truth.

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