Couples therapy a hot topic this Valentine’s Day: York U experts


TORONTO, February 11, 2009 -- Financial trouble can exacerbate problems in romantic relationships, making this Valentine’s Day a good opportunity for couples to take stock and be sure they are prepared to weather the economic storm together.

Kyle D. Killian is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Leslie S. Greenberg is a Professor in the Department of Psychology in York’s Faculty of Health.  Both are available to comment on topics related to Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009.


Kyle Killian, Ph.D., RMFT, is a licensed couple and family therapist in York’s Faculty of Health.  Dr. Killian has published articles on emotional intelligence, interracial couples, and trauma and resilience. His co-edited volume, Intercultural Couples: Exploring Diversity in Intimate Relationships, is now available from Routledge, and he is completing another book, Crossing Borders, Transforming Difference: Multiracial Marriage, with Columbia University Press.


Killian’s latest study will be published in the journal Assessment and will explore partner differences that make a difference to their relationship satisfaction.


Killian is cross-culturally married, and has two sons fluent in three languages.


Leslie Greenberg is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the founder of an emotion-focused approach to individual and couples therapy.  His research focuses on studying how people change in therapy and the role of emotion in the change process. He has authored numerous books on emotion-focused therapy of individuals and couples, the most recent being Emotion-focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love and Power.


His latest study, to be published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, evaluates the effectiveness of emotion-focused couple therapy to promote forgiveness in relationships.



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