Section I: Understanding Master Conflict Therapy (MCT) 1. Introduction: Definitions, History, and Influences 2. Key Features of a Master Conflict 3. Master Conflicts Section II: Assessment and Treatment 4. Assessment 5. Treatment Section III: Case Studies 6. Female Sexual Disorders 7. Male Sexual Disorders 8. Selected Sexual Issues Epilogue Index
Stephen J. Betchen, DSW, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an AAMFT-approved supervisor, and an AASECT diplomate and certified supervisor. He serves as a senior supervisor in the post-graduate Sex Therapy Program at the Council for Relationships and as an adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. He is the author of numerous professional publications on relationships, including the critically acclaimed book, Intrusive Partners-Elusive Mates. Dr. Betchen is an official blogger for PsychologyToday.com and currently maintains a full-time private practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey specializing in couples/sex therapy. Heather L. Davidson, EdM, MA, is a licensed professional counselor, an EDMR-certified therapist, and an AASECT-certified sex therapist. Ms. Davidson maintains a full-time private practice in Narberth, Pennsylvania, specializing in couples/sex therapy and trauma-related disorders.
"Welcome to the next generation of sex therapy texts! Betchen
and Davidson have created an innovative practice model that greatly
enhances the quest to integrate sex therapy and couples therapy.
MCT is theoretically rich, drawing upon the influences of some of
the greatest therapy masters. This text belongs on the desk of
every practicing sex/couples therapist."
Daniel N. Watter, EdD, past president, The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)
"Master conflict therapy (MCT) is a fascinating therapeutic
approach, which integrates a variety of systemic and psychodynamic
methods. The therapist exposes the primary conflict in the
individual. This conflict serves to attract partners and keep them
engaged, yet it can trap them in a cycle of dissatisfaction.
Managing rather than eradicating the master conflict is the
objective of treating sexual and relational problems. This
intriguing text is a practical guide for therapists of all levels
Nancy Gambescia, PhD, director, Post-Graduate Sex Therapy Program: Council for Relationships, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Rather than merely focusing on treatment of symptoms of sexual
dysfunctions, Betchen and Davidson aim higher and deeper: they have
created a psychoanalytically-informed assessment and treatment
paradigm for the underlying family of origin dynamics, which create
the foundations for couples' sexual difficulties. My compliments to
the authors on this exceptional book!"
Peggy J. Kleinplatz, PhD, professor and director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training, University of Ottawa, Canada