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Wrottesley, C. (2018). Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy and the Tavistock Model, by S. Nathans and M. Schaefer, Routledge, 2017. Cpl. Fam. Psychoanal., 8(1):82-84.

(2018). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 8(1):82-84

Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy and the Tavistock Model, by S. Nathans and M. Schaefer, Routledge, 2017

Review by:
Catriona Wrottesley, M.A.

This collection of couple psychoanalytic papers makes a rich contribution to the international field of couple therapy. It also a fitting outcome for a relationship that now spans several decades between two groups of psychotherapists, one at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) in London, the other based in San Francisco. This ongoing relationship has been characterised by mutual respect and affection and the present volume, Couples on the Couch, is testimony to the depth of thinking and fecundity that can come from such a creative coupling.

The papers within these pages were first presented at the Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Lecture Series in San Francisco (2008-2014) that is sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group (PCPG) and the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and subsequently published in the journal fort da.

The story of this special relationship began more than twenty years ago when a clinician from San Francisco approached Stan Ruszczynski, author of the classic Psychotherapy with Couples (1993), to ask if he would come to San Francisco to teach.

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