Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Schnarch, David

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_839-1

David Schnarch is recognized as one of the foremost international experts in sexuality and relationships and a pioneer in the integration of sex therapy and couple therapy. David is the developer of Crucible Therapy which introduced differentiation-based treatment to the field of sex therapy. Crucible therapy integrates autonomy and connectedness in emotionally committed relationships. Dr. Schnarch believes that emotionally committed relationship problems are frequently unrecognized and misunderstood natural processes of differentiation in action. The crucible approach is a fundamentally nonpathological approach which encourages partners to increase their individual emotional maturity in order to gain increased intimacy.

Dr. Schnarch has received three significant awards. He was one of the first to receive the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in 2009. In 2011, he earned the Outstanding...

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Selected Bibliography

  1. Schnarch, D. M. (1991). Constructing the sexual crucible: An integration of sexual and marital therapy. New York: W. W. Norton.Google Scholar
  2. Schnarch, D. M. (1997). Passionate marriage: Sex, love, & intimacy in emotionally committed relationships. New York: W. W. Norton.Google Scholar
  3. Schnarch, D. M. (2000). Desire problems: A systemic perspective. In S. R. Leiblum & R. C. Rosen (Eds.), Principles and practices of sex therapy (3rd ed., pp. 17–56). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  4. Schnarch, D. M. (2002). Resurrecting sex: Resolving sexual problems and rejuvenating your relationship. New York: HarperCollins.Google Scholar
  5. Schnarch, D. M. (2009). Intimacy & desire: Awaken the passion in your relationship. New York: Beaufort Books.Google Scholar
  6. Schnarch, D. M. (2010). Using crucible therapy to treat sexual desire disorders. In S. R. Leiblum (Ed.), Treating sexual desire disorders: A clinical casebook (pp. 44–60). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  7. Schnarch, D. M. (2011). New perspectives on practice: The great attachment debate, Session 4 [Blog post]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog-communities/p004/viewpost/1294_P004_Attachment_Session_4_David_Schnarch
  8. Schnarch, D. M., & Regas, S. (2012). The crucible differentiation scale: Assessing differentiation in human relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 639–652. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00259.x.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Community Memorial Health SystemsVenturaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Molly Gasbarrini
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA