• Where can Self Within Marriage: The Foundation for Lasting Relationships be purchased? The book may be purchased from Routledge Mental Health, your local bookstores, or online vendors.
  • Why did you write Self Within Marriage: The Foundation for Lasting Relationships? Self Within Marriage: The Foundation for Lasting Relationships is a culmination of my thinking and theorizing from many years of study, research, and the practice of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and couple and family therapy.
  • Where did the idea come from? In working with patients and troubled marriages and families I began to observe that a frequently found factor in many patients and couples presenting for evaluation and treatment for their various aspects of emotional suffering, was the person’s difficulty in sustaining a coherent sense of self while simultaneously being in an intimate partnership, whether that partnership was a marriage or otherwise. Frequently, whether the patient’s clinical presentation was depressed, anxious, angry, or something else, I observed again and again that as the patient would describe his or her situation, the reported clinical state almost always included complaints and concerns about the intimate partner, to which the patient over time had responded with changes within the self which were now experienced as alien and emotionally painful. Commonly, he or she would feel changed for the worse by being in the relationship, or instead would report feeling constrained or unable to grow and flourish. In each case that restricted sense of self was accompanied by a mental state which had taken the form of a symptom, now requiring some kind of intervention, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, or couple therapy.
  • What is your background? Clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and couple and family therapist. I obtained my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. After completing my internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center I then served a four-year stint in the U.S. Army at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and at Munson Army Hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Subsequently, I completed a two year post-doctoral training program in marital and family therapy at the Menninger Foundation, after which I pursued psychoanalytic training and graduated from the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis. I have continued in private practice in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, and am also a training and supervising analyst and the director of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute.

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