The contributors to this book have drawn on different mentors to provide a framework for understanding the sexual problems of the couples they see, and to inform the work they do. But whether Freud, Jung, Klein or Bowlby has been the progenitor of their own particular therapeutic narrative, the spirit of enquiry and curiosity is evident in their approach. This has created space to explore the dimensions of sex, love, hate and power in ways that allow the facts of life to emerge and be discovered as something unique and authentic to each couple. It has also created a platform from which new understandings may emerge to inform practice in the future.
Christopher Clulow, PhD, is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London, where he works as a visiting lecturer and researcher. He has published extensively on marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. He has a long history of contributing to thinking about the processes involved in ending relationships, and his most recent work has involved heading up a project identifying competences for treating depression through couple therapy under the Department of Health's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. He has also recently consulted to and evaluated interventions provided by a mental health agency to reduce depression in parents of young children. He is a founding member and past Deputy Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors and a member of the editorial board for the journal 'Couple and Family Psychoanalysis'.
Foreword Peter Fonagy; The Facts Of Life: An Introduction; Psychoanalysis and Sexpertise; What Do We Mean By 'Sex'?; Lively And Deathly Intercourse; Separated Attachments And Sexual Aliveness; Dynamics And Disorders Of Sexual Desire; Sexual Dread And Therapist Desire; Loss Of Desire And Therapist DreadLoss Of Desire: A Psychosexual Case Study; Power Versus Love In Sadomasochistic Couple Relationships; From Fear Of Intimacy To Perversion; Perversion As Protection; Intimacy And Sexuality In Later Life