Dr. Willard Harley Jr. has brought his program of marriage counseling all together in his book, EFFECTIVE MARRIAGE COUNSELING. If you are familiar with Dr. Harley's work, this book ties together everything learned from his previous books, Love Busters, His Needs Her Needs, and Five Steps to Romantic Love. The one rub here is, for the counseling to be effective, both counselor and counselees will also need to read Harley's previous books.
I mention that only because it can be quite off-putting to be half way through a book only to learn the information contained is worthless without further study. That's not really the case here. A counselor could come away with usable advice that could be implemented into any current counseling program, but to fully integrate Dr. Harley's methods will take a more diligent approach by both the counselor and the couple being counseled.
The approach here revolves around creating new behaviors. Although Harley's is a somewhat...
I am a big fan of Dr. Harley and his program for building the marriage every couple wants. His writing and in-person presentation style is clear, logical and direct. He takes complex issues and offers a specific, step-by-step program any couple can follow.
His latest book, "Effective Marriage Counseling" seems to be a primer for counselors, an introduction to his very effective plan. However, I think counselors (and certainly couples) would fare better if they read his other books, "His Needs Her Needs" and "Love Busters," which give a far better picture of what is required to build a great marriage. His "Surviving An Affair" incorporates the basics of his plan, while specifically addressing the heartbreak of infidelity as well.
The major complaint I have with this latest book is that he has no advice for a counselor on how to MOTIVATE a reluctant partner, and we all know it takes both partners working together. I bought the book expecting that, and I was...
As a long-time correspondent on Dr. Harley's website, I found myself searching, at times, for documented "ties" that would bind together the practices and principles that make up the MarriageBuilders program. This book, written to enable the non-professional peer counselor to explain and expostulate on the principles, serves its avowed purpose very well. In addition, it offers insights into much of the underlying experiential data that led to the MB philosophy.
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