“This Is What Happens to Couples Under Stress”: An Interview with Esther Perel

This is a great article about relationships during a pandemic.  Ester Perel is a psychotherapist and has written multiple books.  Rachel Syme from The New Yorker interviewed her and I thought I would share.  Many of my clients face varied challenges with the stay-at-home orders trying to juggle work, school, children, unemployment, poverty, homelessness and so much more given everyone’s unique situation.  Here is an overview of her work and what the article focuses on.

Relationships are hard, even when we are not in the midst of a global pandemic. Nobody knows this more intimately than the Belgian psychotherapist and author Esther Perel, whose hit podcast, “Where Should We Begin?,” allows listeners to play fly on the wall as she conducts actual couples’ therapy sessions. Perel is also the author of the best-selling books “Mating in Captivity,” about sex within monogamous relationships, and “The State of Affairs,” about navigating infidelity. In late March, as countries across the globe were enacting social-distancing measures, she launched a special podcast series called “Couples Under Lockdown.” In the series so far, Perel has done therapy sessions with couples in Italy, Belgium, and New York City, counselling them through the challenges of this very anxious, and often exasperating, time. “If we want to look at the challenges of communication, of sexuality, of desire, of conflict in relationships, this is such a Petri-dish moment,” Perel told me recently over Zoom.

Please click the link below for the full article.

“This Is What Happens to Couples Under Stress”: An Interview with Esther Perel

Also, check out Esther Perel’s Video on Working with Couples in Quarantine


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