chapter  19
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Couples Therapy of Patients with Disorders of the Self

The study and treatment of patients with a disorder of the self has largely been carried out within the confines of individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. Although the initial pioneers in family and couples therapy were trained in psychoanalytic theory (Nichols, 1984), with few exceptions, there has been little cross-fertilization between those clinicians who can be characterized as systemic and family focused and those who are intrapsychic and individually oriented.