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Last Chance Couple Therapy: Bringing Relationships Back from the Brink

Peter Fraenkel, PhD
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Jan 10, 2023
W.W. Norton
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Strategies and skills for therapists working with couples about to dissolve.

Therapy with couples on the brink of relationship dissolution involves unique challenges. Partners present with high levels of conflict, low levels of intimate connection, disdain and discouragement, and limited patience or hope. These couples have often tried therapy without lasting success, and announce that “this is our last chance.” Partners want to see evidence in the first session that the therapist can offer something new and that change is possible.



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Peter Fraenkel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor at City College of New York. He is the author of numerous publications, including Sync Your Relationship, Save Your Marriage, and the forthcoming books, Relationships on the Brink: Last Chance Couple Therapy and The Complete Guide to Couple Therapy: From Happy to Last Chance Across the Lovespan.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Peter Fraenkel maintains private practice and has an employment relationship with the City College of New York. He receives a grant for Fresh Start for Families from HELP USA and receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Fraenkel receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Peter Fraenkel is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, the National Council on Family Relations, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy.


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