A Life-Cycle Approach to Treating Couples: From Dating to Death

Anne K. Fishel

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A Life-Cycle Approach to Treating Couples draws on 30 years of clinical work and a rich body of research about life-cycle theory to offer couple therapists a guide to helping couples traverse six developmental stages—dating and commitment; transition to parenthood; midlife couples; launching and retiring couples; late-life couples; and relationship endings. For each stage, the author offers clinical vignettes as well as questions and strategies for the clinician to pursue. In this clear and authoritative book, Fishel provides examples and research about clients who are diverse in their marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, SES, and health.

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Anne K. Fishel

Anne K. Fishel, PhD, is an associate clinical professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the director of the family and couple therapy program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she trains child and adult psychiatry residents and psychology interns in family and couple therapy. She is the author of two previous books: Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids (2015) and Treating the Adolescent in Family Therapy: A Developmental and Narrative Approach (1999).