Couples counseling is distinct from individual and family therapy and, while ideas from these other formats may be overlapping, applying theoretical concepts to couples has distinctive challenges. Behavioral, Humanistic-Existential, and Psychodynamic Approaches to Couples Counseling is unique in that it addresses how to conceptualize various theories around a single case. By discussing only one case, the reader is more readily able to compare and contrast the theoretical ideas of each theory, as well as the pragmatics of techniques. Five theories are discussed around four consistent parts: history, theory of problem formation, theory of problem resolution, and case transcript.
“This book, edited by Reiter & Chenail, is a must read for understanding the wide range of theoretical and practical approaches to couples' therapy. It is clear and concise, and very useful. Without a doubt, it should be a part of every marriage therapist's professional library.”—John M. Gottman, PhD, author, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work; co-founder, The Gottman Institute; emeritus professor of psychology, The University of Washington
About the Editors About the Chapter Contributors Preface 1. Couples Counseling Michael D. Reiter 2. The Case: David and Natalie Johnson Michael D. Reiter 3. Psychodynamic Couples Counseling Albert J. Brok 4. Adlerian Couples Therapy Jon Carlson, Leigh Johnson-Migalski, and Ebony Spriggs 5. Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy Terence Patterson 6. Gottman Method Couples Therapy Vagdevi Meunier 7. Imago Relationship Therapy Wade Luquet