Couples at an Impasse
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
The core approach that Dr. Carlson uses is that of Adlerian therapy. This approach is an integrative approach that allows him to use other models as needed to tailor the treatment to the specific couple and their issues. The approach is one that stresses the common factors (relationship, client strengths, instilling hope, and specific techniques) in order to provide brief and effective treatment. The model is highlighted in Chapter 9 of Adlerian Therapy (Carlson, Watts, & Maniacci, 2006).
In this case Dr. Carlson was able to work quickly in using the couple's strengths to break through the impasse and help them to see what they can do to cocreate a more satisfying relationship. They left the session feeling encouraged and holding hands.
This approach works with all couples as the treatment is tailored (or modified) to fit the couple and their presenting problems. The tailoring is done by many variables including level of functioning, culture, level of conflict, level of individual functioning, level of readiness, and work and family concerns.
Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, is a distinguished professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, and psychologist at the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Dr. Carlson has served as the founding editor of The Family Journal and past president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. He holds a diplomate in Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has written 40 books including Time for a Better Marriage, The Intimate Couple, The Disordered Couple, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy Techniques, and Adlerian Therapy.
Pat Love, EdD, distinguished professor, author and relationship consultant, is known for her warmth, humor and wealth of knowledge. Her ever-popular books Hot Monogamy and The Truth About Love have taken her around the world spreading the good news about marriage and committed relationships. She coauthored the 2007 release How to Improve Your Relationship Without Talking About It, with Steven Stosny, PhD. Pat is a familiar media guest; she has cohosted three series with Jon Carlson, PsyD: Living Love, Parenting with the Experts, and Love: What You Need to Know. She has made numerous appearances on Oprah, The Today Show, and CNN, and is a regular contributor to various popular magazines. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, approved AAMFT supervisor, and a past president of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling. Her hobbies include garage saling, travel, and hanging out with friends and family.
- Carlson, J., & Dinkmeyer, D. (2003). Time for a better marriage. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact Books.
- Sperry, L., Carlson, J., & Peluso, P. (2006). Couples therapy: Integrating theory & technique (2nd ed.). Denver, CO: Love Publishing Company.
- Carlson, J., Sperry, L., & Lewis, J. (2006). Family therapy techniques. New York: Routledge.
- Carlson, J., Watts, R., & Maniacci, M. (2006). Adlerian therapy: Theory and practice. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
- Adlerian Therapy
- Couple Power Therapy
Peter L. Sheras and Phyllis R. Koch-Sheras
- Emotionally Focused Therapy With Couples
Leslie S. Greenberg
- Enhanced Cognitive–Behavioral Couple Therapy
Donald H. Baucom
- Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
- Treating Difficult Couples
Douglas K. Snyder
- Working With Couples Considering Divorce
William J. Doherty
- Adlerian Therapy: Theory and Practice
Jon Carlson, Richard E. Watts, and Michael Maniacci
- Couple Power Therapy: Building Commitment, Cooperation, Communication, and Community in Relationships
Peter L. Sheras and Phyllis R. Koch-Sheras
- Couples Coping With Stress: Emerging Perspectives on Dyadic Coping
Edited by Tracey A. Revenson, Karen Kayser, and Guy Bodenmann
- Emotion Regulation in Couples and Families: Pathways to Dysfunction and Health
Edited by Douglas K. Snyder, Jeffry A. Simpson, and Jan N. Hughes
- Enhanced Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy for Couples: A Contextual Approach
Norman B. Epstein and Donald H. Baucom
- Therapeutic Alliances in Couple and Family Therapy: An Empirically Informed Guide to Practice
Myrna L. Friedlander, Valentín Escudero, and Laurie Heatherington