Introduction

There is, perhaps, an inevitable undercurrent of anxiety when one writes about his or her approach to treatment. Although some of that may spring from the conflict between the wish to be honest and the ever-present pull to embellish—to present only the better parts of one’s self and work, much of the anxiety for me comes from a different source. I am concerned that readers may not understand that there are multiple ways of being a doctor, a healer, or a psychotherapist and, thus, may judge my way as suspect because it is outside of any one theoretical mainstream. Indeed, my pluralism—the use of multiple theories and perspectives—is at the heart of my approach to couples therapy.

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