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Making Love Real: The Intelligent Couple's Guide to Lasting Intimacy and Passion Paperback – November 11, 2015
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About the Author
Sex and Relationship Experts Danielle Harel, Ph.D and Celeste Hirschman, M.A, have worked with thousands of clients helping them realize their full sexual and emotional potential. They are the creators of the experiential and cutting edge Somatica Method of sex therapy and relationship coaching and are training other professionals in this revolutionary method. You can find out more about them at www.celesteanddanielle.com
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In their second book, Making Love Real, they bring the same kind of savvy and smart point of view to the complex world of couples. With thousands of hours helping people build strong relationships, these two women know what they’re talking about. Their approach to couples therapy explains theories of secure attachment and individuation, shedding light on how couples can develop unhealthy push and pull patterns of relating without taking into account the underlying core issues.
I enjoy the emphasis they place on inner child work between partners in moments of triggering. Through tools of awareness and compassion, disagreements and anger can become opportunities to connect and heal each other of old wounds.
What Danielle and Celeste have created over their years of working with clients is a unique and valuable body of experiences and exercises that shed light on the shadowy side of love and desire. Somatica is a beautiful therapeutic modality that takes couples beyond talk, bringing them into their bodies, and making love real!
They hold our hands in exploring the patterns we adopted as children and give us the opportunity to meet ourselves compassionately and care for each other. They gently guide us into the realm of disappointment and reveal that success isn't about getting what we want, it's about knowing what we want and having the courage to ask. And finally they walk us into exploring sex, encouraging us to fully accept our desires and explore ourselves and our partners with curiosity.
This book is inclusive of people of varying sexualities and sexual desires and it accurately depicts the gender pressures we all face, without reinforcing stereotypes.
The language is clear and concise, without a lot of jargon, and the book is filled with practical exercises that anyone can explore on their own or with partners.
I recommend this book to anyone looking to create lasting, loving, sexy, intimate relationships.