By Krissy Dolor
Everyone’s seen the row of marriage self-help books on the shelves of the local bookstore. With so many to choose from, how can you pick just one? That’s where Sherry Amatenstein comes in. This license master social worker decided to take the guesswork out of picking just one expert, and combined the country’s best marriage counselors into one place. The Complete Marriage Counselor: Relationship Saving Advice from America’s Top 50+ Couples Therapists offers a one-stop shop for all things marriage-related, tackling 101 of couples’ most-asked questions, getting to what America’s couples are really thinking.
What should you do if you’re unhappy in your marriage?
Before committing to a counselor, check out Amatenstein’s book. With her comprehensive research and knowledge in the field, her guide is as inclusive as you can get in less than 300 pages!
Cupid chatted with Armatenstein on the phone last month. Take a look at what the author had to say:
Your third book, The Complete Marriage Counselor, came out in January. How did you come up with the idea?
I do couples’ therapy myself, and just sort of thought about it. When you have a medical concern, you go to a second doctor for another opinion. With couples, I thought it would be really great to pull together from the best in the business. Each chapter highlights a different issue – sex, money, goals, infidelity, and so on. I asked the therapists what their most popular questions were. Then for each question, I went to two different therapists, and asked their opinions for each question. I was sure to ask therapists who practiced different techniques. Then I gave my own take.
How did you determine who would contribute to the book?
I knew people from doing couples’ therapy. With my background as a journalist, I sort of knew who people were, and went for my dream team. I was happy with everyone I got.
What were some of the most common themes in the questions that were selected?
The book is separated by issues, including marriage, house work, work, communication, handling rough patches, money, second marriage. What my book does is take a lot of typical patterns and issues that come up with couples. I took issues that hit home the most for couples. Also, parenting issues.
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