Couples therapy has long been regarded as one of the most demanding forms of psychotherapy because of the way it challenges therapists to combine the insights of dynamic psychology with the power and clarity of systems dynamics.  In this exciting new volume, Gordon Wheeler and Stephanie Backman, couples therapists with broad training and long years of experience, present dramatic new approaches that at last integrate the dynamic/self-organizational and the systemic/behavioral schools of thought.

Building on the insights of Gestalt psychology and psychotherapy, the authors show us how a truly phenomenological approach, based on the clients' own experience and goals, holds the key to a dramatic increase in therapeutic power and flexibility.  The fifteen engaging chapters demonstrate the application of this approach to issues of intimacy, self-construction, power and abuse, "resistance," growth, and shame - and to such diverse and challenging populations as abuse survivors and their partners, remarried couples, gay and lesbian couples, and couples with "personality" or "character" disorders.

In the process, the authors offer a fresh perspective that will serve to re-energize the couples therapist's work in this challenging area.  On Intimate Ground contributes new insights to many of the most timely and provocative questions in the field today. 

chapter |30 pages


Why Gestalt?
ByGordon Wheeler

chapter 1|29 pages

The Tasks of Intimacy

Reflections on a Gestalt Approach to Working with Couples
ByGordon Wheeler

chapter 2|23 pages

Contact and Choice

Gestalt Work with Couples
ByJudith Hemming

chapter 3|26 pages

Self-Organization and Dialogue 1

ByHunter Beaumont

chapter 4|19 pages

Processes of Experiential Organization in Couple and Family Systems

ByNetta R. Kaplan, Marvin L. Kaplan

chapter 5|38 pages

Therapy with Remarried Couples

ByPatricia Papernow

chapter 6|22 pages

Gestalt Couples Therapy with Gay Male Couples

Enlarging the Therapeutic Ground of Awareness
ByAllan Singer

chapter 7|22 pages

Gestalt Couples Therapy with Lesbian Couples

Applying Theory and Practice to the Lesbian Experience
ByFraelean Curtis

chapter 8|19 pages

Working with the Remarried Couple System

ByIsabel Fredericson, Joseph H. Handlon

chapter 9|14 pages

The Gestalt Couples Group 1

ByMikael Curman, Barbro Curman

chapter 10|19 pages

Trauma Survivors and Their Partners

A Gestalt View
ByPamela Geib, Stuart Simon

chapter 11|29 pages

Couples' Shame

The Unaddressed Issue
ByRobert Lee

chapter 12|18 pages

Intimacy and Power in Long-Term Relationships

A Gestalt Therapy-Systems Perspective
ByJoseph Melnick, Sonia March Nevis

chapter 13|16 pages

The Grammar of Relationship

Gestalt Couples Therapy
ByCynthia Oudejans Harris

chapter 14|31 pages

Giving and Receiving

ByRichard Borofsky, Antra Kalnins Borofsky

chapter 15|44 pages

The Aesthetics of Gestalt Couples Therapy 1

ByJoseph Zinker, Sonia March Nevis

chapter 16|8 pages


The Aesthetic Lens
ByStephanie Backman