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Couples on the Edge DVD

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  • Did you miss the sold out, very successful Couples Therapy Conference in February?
  • Or do you just want to remember what you learned?

Working with couples can be quite a challenge for those without a road map, but with so many models out there, how does one choose an approach to follow?

In this DVD of the workshop, six panelists briefly present six models of couples therapy with attention to the treatment goals and interventions used. A role play of a couple’s session is used as an example as each panelist describes how their particular model would approach the case.

This DVD is an excellent resource for continuing education, training and supervision.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify six different models of couples therapy currently being practiced.
  2. Describe one key concept that is unique to each model of couples therapy.
  3. Identify one intervention that characterizes each of the six models of couples therapy.

Presenters (alphabetically by last name)

Imago Relationship Therapy

Leslie Bennett, MS, LMFT, received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and studied family therapy at the Greenhouse Family Counseling Center in Orlando Florida. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1982, she has had a private practice in Orlando, Florida and in Western Massachusetts. She encountered Imago Relationship Therapy, the theory and practice of couple’s counseling developed by Harville Hendrix and his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt, in the early 1990s. Since that time she has trained and become certified as both an Imago Therapist and a Workshop Presenter. Leslie was drawn to the work of Imago Therapy because it, like the early tenants of family therapy, seeks not to pathologize one of the partners, but rather to understand the struggle in the context of the dynamics created in the dyad. It is a model that focuses on growth and healing rather than problem solving.

Narrative Therapy

MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham, Ed.D.,Professor Emerita:

a tenured faculty for 20 years at the University of Massachusetts Boston, founded, and directed its Family Therapy Program. Now retired, she continues to use her clinical skills part-time by seeing couples and families in private practice and an out-patient community clinic in Northampton, MA. Dr. Ham is a former president of the Massachusetts Division of AAMFT, and currently is in her second year of a three year term as a national AAMFT Board Member. Her scholarship informed by her experiences as a bi-racial person and providing family, couple, and individual therapy to diverse populations, addresses issues of diversity, biracial coupleship, and ethics. At the August 2012 Annual American Psychological Association (APA) Meeting Dr. Ham was awarded the APA Division 43-Society of Family Psychology, Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award, in acknowledgement of her special contributions to the promotion of diversity in family psychology.


Rick Hendricks, MA, LMFT,retired from active duty in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant Major in the Army Chaplain Corps in March 2011, after more than 27 years of service. He did his internship and Associate status in Virginia and Kentucky while still serving on active duty. While in private practice in Kentucky he also worked in Community Mental Health as a PRN clinician doing intensive in-home therapy with adolescents. In addition, he served as the director of The Inner View’s Employee Care Partnership (EAP) Services. He currently works with Combat Veterans and their families through the Springfield Veteran’s Center as part of the Department of Veteran Affairs. Rick has had myriad experiences from administrative support to training development to leadership in a public relations context to service on a variety of Boards of Directors throughout his career. This is apart from his current therapeutic experiences, which suggests he will bring a new perspective to help move MAMFT to the next level to further our profession.

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Nancy Knudsen, M.Ed., LMFT, received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1984, and then followed up with a two-year certificate program in family therapy at the Kantor Family Institute, becoming a clinical member of AAMFT in 1986. Over the course of her 26-year career, Nancy developed a specialty in trauma and how traumatic events impact family relationships. Her interests have evolved over the years to bridge the intra-psychic world of emotions with the systemic view of how families operate. Nancy is an EMDR trained clinician and consultant, a trained Bowen therapist, and certified as an Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor. She has supervised extensively and taught many workshops and seminars for therapists over the years, and is currently serving as the President of MAMFT in order to more fully support the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. Learn more about her on her website at

Bowen Family Systems Therapy

Jack LaForte, Ph.D. has been in private practice for over thirty years. He is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, and a Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served as an adjunct professor in graduate programs, a family consultant to social service and mental health agencies, and co-founder of Family Living Consultants of the Pioneer Valley, a private training institute. Like many MFTs today, Dr. LaForte was exposed to Bowen theory during his initial family therapy training. He was impressed with how the concepts Bowen developed accurately described how we function emotionally. Concepts like Triangles, Differentiation of Self, and Multigenerational Transmission Process have universal application. Dr. LaForte’s knowledge of Bowen theory has given him an effective way of understanding couples. Over the years he finds the theory has held up to the test of time and is still applicable.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Kathy McMahon, Psy.D.,earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England in 1988. She is a writer, supervisor, academician and licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. For over a quarter century she has been a clinical member of AAMFT, served on the MAMFT Executive Board twice, from 1992-1996, and currently. Dr. McMahon is certified as a sex therapist with diplomat status and a sex educator by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists since 1982. Formerly the Director of the Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology at Antioch University New England, she now teaches sex therapy in the doctoral program. Dr. McMahon has been fascinated with couples and wrote her dissertation on the couples’ transition to the birth of the first child. She practices only couples therapy in Northampton, Cummington, and internationally through video conferencing. She first studied Gottman Methods Couples Therapy in 1998 and is an enthusiastic practitioner. She can be reached through her website:

The Developmental Model

Katherine Waddell, LMFTis the Co-Director of the Couples Center of the Pioneer Valley. She has been seeing couples for 17 years. Her passion for couples work has led her into teaching and consulting with colleagues about the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy in Western Massachusetts for the last several years and she continues to do ongoing advanced study with Dr. Ellyn Bader through the Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA. Couples make up about 70% of her practice. She admires and learns from the work of Esther Perel, Bill Doherty and Stan Tatkin as well as the foundational Bader and Pearson work she practices and teaches. She has a background in family and child therapy, and is an avid practitioner of EMDR, as well, bringing aspects of the Adaptive Information Processing Model into her couples work as couples struggle with trauma.