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Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

Robert W. Firestone Ph.D., Lisa Firestone Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A. – A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts  and Live Free from Imagined Limitations. – This book teaches the means for dealing effectively with negative thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that act as barriers to one’s personal development, sabotage relationships and interfere with career success…. Read more »

The Truth About Love

The Highs, the Lows and How You Can Make It Last Forever. Pat Love, Ed.D. – The problems that pervade relationships are more predictable and less puzzling than one may think. This book helps explain the stages of falling in love, why it makes us feel so good in the beginning and so bad in… Read more »

Rekindling Desire

A Step by Step Program to Help Low-Sex and No-Sex Marriages. Barry W. McCarthy Ph.D. and Emily J. McCarthy – For many couples, sexual intimacy can fade from a lasting relationship. Letting romance and physical attraction fall by the wayside can be hurtful to our relationship and distance us from our partners. This book helps… Read more »

The High-Conflict Couple

A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy and Validation.  Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. Relationships have the power to stir up many emotions. When these emotions become too intense or too hard to handle or control, there are therapeutic methods to alter our behavior and resolve conflicts.  By learning how to calm down and… Read more »

Falling in Love: Why We Choose the Lovers We Choose

Ayala Malach Pines, Ph.D. The psychological roots of why we choose the partners we do can give us fascinating insight into our intimate relationships. Examining the many sociological and emotional causes of our behavior , this books helps explain our selection process and how everything from childhood experiences to internalized defenses can impact who we… Read more »

The Fantasy Bond

Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. – This book offers a consistently developed set of hypotheses centering around the concept of the “fantasy bond,” an illusion of connection originally formed with the mother/ primary caretaker and later with significant others in the individual’s environment. Based on 28 years of research into the problem of resistance, this book… Read more »

The Fear of Intimacy

Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.  – The authors of this book bring almost 40 years of clinical experience to bear in challenging the usual ways of thinking about couples and families. They argue that relationships fail not for the commonly cited reasons, but because psychological defenses formed in childhood act as a… Read more »

Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships

Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.  – Sexuality can be one of the most fulfilling pleasures in life. Yet it is an aspect of relationships that is complex and sometimes fraught with difficulty. Given the mixed messages about sexuality that exist in our culture, it is hardly surprising that people… Read more »