The secret to a great relationship may seem elusive, but not to Elliott Kronenfeld, LICSW, CST. Now he’s revealing how to make marriages and committed partnerships the best and deepest they can be in Couples by Intention: Creating and Cultivating Relationships that Matter. The key being the “intention” with one another rather than responding by default.
The book follows real couples who sought to make their connections better as they engaged in intense group therapy over the course of 12 weeks. Readers get to hear first-hand from participants as they tackled common challenges in relationships, such as how to define monogamy, set boundaries and prioritize intimacy in the face of multiple responsibilities. The discussions recorded within the book reveal personal insights into how to stay interested in partners during the good times, how to communicate in stressful seasons and how to keep love alive amidst the normalcy of everyday life.
“So many couples face issues that inhibit their future happiness, but don’t know how to improve their situations,” explained Kronenfeld. “Great relationships don’t come easily, but this solution-focused book shares the tools needed to be a successful couple in a reality-based format that readers can relate to. My hope is that listening in on these universal conversations will help couples everywhere understand how they can grow in meaningful ways to create strong relationships that last.”
In addition to the group’s reflections, the book also includes exercises to challenge readers and create dialogue between partners. While not designed to replace therapy, the exercises arm readers with some of the same skills Kronenfeld’s clients develop – skills that will open up new possibilities for both established couples as well as singles looking to enter a committed relationship.
Couples by Intention can be purchased online through SDP Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers. For more information about Kronenfeld, visit www.couplesbyintention.com or connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Author
Elliott Kronenfeld, LICSW, CST, is a certified sex therapist who works with individuals and couples to find greater meaning in their connections. As the owner and founder of Insight Psychotherapy in the Boston area, Kronenfeld specializes in helping couples work through intimacy, infertility and infidelity challenges. He lives near Boston with his partner and children.