1st Edition

Depressive Disorders Integrated and Unified Psychotherapy Approaches

By Judy Z. Koenigsberg Copyright 2024
    262 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Depressive Disorders uses an integrative view to explore the etiology of depression, its development, and maintenance and highlights contemporary unified psychotherapy approaches.

    The text includes case examples that illustrate how to use integrated and unified psychotherapy approaches to help patients with depressive disorders. Dr. Koenigsberg demonstrates how research-based approaches may be used to treat individuals with different types of depressive disorders, such as major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, cyclothymia, and adjustment disorder with depression. It encourages therapists to recognize that the complex themes of the depressive disorders may be more fully realized within the context of integrated and unified psychotherapy perspectives.

    This text is essential for early-career and seasoned therapists, graduate students, and psychotherapy researchers who wish to explore the past and contemporary history of psychotherapy approaches in order to understand the depressive disorders.

    Part I: Integrated and Unified Psychotherapy Approaches  1. What Are Integrated and Unified Psychotherapy Approaches?  2. A Brief History of Integrated and Unified Psychotherapy Approaches  Part II: Integrated and Unified Psychotherapy Treatment Approaches for the Depressive Disorders  3. The Etiology of the Depressive Disorders: Themes that Underlie Integrated Psychotherapy Models of the Depressive Disorders  4. Major Depressive Disorder  5. Persistent Depressive Disorder  6. Bipolar Disorder  7. Cyclothymic Disorder  8. Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood  Part III: Telehealth and Depression in the Age of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)  9. Depression in the Age of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)  10. Conclusion


    Judy Z. Koenigsberg, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, licensed in Illinois, who has practiced integrated psychology for 28 years. She has earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University and has authored several articles in psychology and sociology peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Koenigsberg’s previous book, Anxiety Disorders: Integrated Psychotherapy Approaches, was published in 2021. Her course, "Listening to the Language of Your Patients," is designed for mental health practitioners.

    "Rates of depression in children, adolescents, and young adults have been exponentially increasing in recent years, thus there is a profound need to not only improve our understanding of clinical depression but also promote standards of care based on evidence-based treatments and compassion. In her book, Depressive Disorders: Integrated and Unified Psychotherapy Approaches, Dr. Koenigsberg provides a comprehensive review of the literature and guidance for effective psychotherapies. The book focuses on the etiology of emotional disorders and integrated and unified treatments that practitioners can use in the treatment of patients with depressive disorders. This book raises the bar."

    Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, Chair of the Board of Directors, ABPP-Foundation

    "With recent skyrocketing increases in the rates of depression, a book that strives to understand the relationship between the etiology and treatment of depressive disorders from integrated and unified perspectives is a critically important contribution to the field of psychotherapy. Dr. Koenigsberg’s most recent book draws from a vast array of different therapeutic approaches and is quite comprehensive in scope. Offering a sound rationale for the use of integrative and unified treatments from a variety of evidence-based approaches for each of the depressive disorders—as well as a special section on depression in the age of COVID-19—this book will be of great value to clinicians, supervisors, researchers and students of mental health disciplines."

    Andre Marquis, Ph.D., University of Rochester, author of Integral Psychotherapy: A Unifying Approach

    "The training of psychotherapists in the US has traditionally been focused on ensuring that students adhered to a particular theoretical model or orientation, and to reject consideration of alternative methods or clinical conceptualizations. In her new book, Dr. Koenigsberg essentially provides 'permission' to therapists to relinquish long held and essentially unnecessary resistance to using methodological flexibility in the pursuit of caring for their patients with depression. In a methodical and comprehensive way, the author carefully lays out fundamental concepts underlying each depressive disorder, including etiology and diagnostic process, describes and contrasts various traditional treatment models, and then offers optimal methodologies for their integration within the context of psychotherapy case examples. Rather than encouraging the therapist to limit the way one analyzes and develops an understanding of a patient, it illuminates the availability of the integrative process by which the clinician can best help depressed patients: that is, by treating them with what they truly need."

    Mark Paris, Ph.D., ABPP, Consultative evaluator, Department of Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration; former mental health policy analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)

    "In her new work, Judy Koenigsberg eloquently and comprehensively guides mental health professionals on a journey beyond single-school, monotherapy approaches toward a broader, integrative approach to the treatment of depressive disorders. From a solid discussion of the etiology of depression and the history of underlying theory, to the nuanced examination of integrative and unified approaches within this disease model, Koenigsberg organizes the material in a manner that optimizes clinical synthesis and promotes practical applications across a continuum of depressive disorders – Major Depressive Dx, Persistent Depressive Dx, Bipolar Dx, Cyclothymic Dx, and Adjustment Dx with Depressed Mood. Lastly, she illustrates how an integrative, unified therapeutic approach may be even more essential in the context of a post-pandemic world that has seen escalations in the prevalence, as well as the severity, of depression. I highly recommend this timely and invaluable tool for all mental health providers and allied health professionals."

    Michelle Rodoletz, Ph.D., co-founder and director of HealthForumOnline.com; licensed clinical psychologist; former assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC); former adjunct faculty at the Temple University School of Medicine faculty; and former associate director of the Psychosocial and Behavioral Medicine Program at FCCC

    "Dr. Koenigsberg’s book is a must read and an outstanding resource for experienced and early career clinicians. Truly seasoned clinicians have a variety of techniques available to them and do not rely on any one technique to treat a depressed patient. They selectively choose a method or combine methods that are appropriate to the individual patient’s needs. This book presents empirical evidence in support of such an approach as well as a comprehensive review of treatment models. Early career practitioners will use this book, which is rich in research and clinical case vignettes, to understand how Integrative and Unified psychotherapy can provide more effective treatment of depression and help them gain more maturity in their work. This book teaches them how to custom tailor psychotherapy to the needs of the client rather than molding the client to a single treatment modality. Dr. Koenigsberg’s book is a valuable resource for teachers and clinical supervisors who want to expand their students’ repertoire facilitating a quicker advancement into becoming more effective therapists better able to deal with complexity."

    Terrence Koller, PhD, ABPP, Past Executive Director of the Illinois Psychological Association, Current Legislative Liaison of the Illinois Psychological Association, Past President of IPA