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A Life-Cycle Approach to Treating Couples by Anne K. Fishel

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CHAPTER 1

Applying the Life-cycle Perspective to Couple Therapy

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose, under heaven.

—The Book of Ecclesiastes

If I were young again, I’d pay attention to that little-known dimension

A taste of endless time.

Just like water—it runs right through our fingers,

But the flavor of it lingers—Like a rich, red wine.

—Chris Smithers, Leave the light on

As therapists, we hear an abundance of stories, information, and anguish shared by couples during an initial evaluation and even more so, in ­therapy. This outpouring of data is a challenge for couple therapists to organize and render into a coherent framework for treatment. A life-cycle perspective locates every couple on a developmental timeline ...

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