Meaning-Centered Couples Therapy: Logotherapy and Intimate Relationships

Research paper by Stefan E. Schulenberg, Lindsay W. Schnetzer, Michael R. Winters, Robert R. Hutzell

Indexed on: 30 Dec '09Published on: 30 Dec '09Published in: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy


Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy posits that human life has purpose and that human beings are motivated to discover meaning in their lives. This paper’s objective is to present a case for incorporating meaning into couples therapy as a way of enhancing a clinician’s existing approach. Logotherapy is a potentially useful modality, regardless of the clinician’s theoretical orientation, given its collaborative nature and focus on the significance of meaning and values to the human condition. A logotherapeutic approach to couples therapy (i.e., meaning-centered couples therapy) would involve values clarification (individually and collectively) and emphasis on a love that is based on acceptance and self-transcendent growth. Logotherapy techniques are discussed, a composite illustration is presented, and recommendations for research are offered.