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The Couples Therapy Companion

A Cognitive Behavior Workbook, 1st Edition

By Russell Grieger


192 pages

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Learn to look at marriage and couples counseling through the lens of Rational Emotive Couples Therapy. Dr. Russell Grieger walks the reader through the RECT process and includes numerous exercises that are appropriate for clinicians to use with their clients, for those couples who are in therapy and need a little extra help, and for couples working to improve their relationship on their own.

Along with explaining the process of Rational Emotive Couples Therapy, Dr. Grieger makes the distinction between relationship difficulties, which are small disagreements and dissatisfactions, and relationship disturbances, which occur when a couple becomes emotionally distressed and entrenched in negativity. He walks readers through the couple diagnosis and presents eight powerful strategies for helping resolve both couple difficulties and disturbances to find relationship harmony.

Dr. Grieger addresses such issues as ridding hurt, anger, fear, and insecurity, enhancing closeness and intimacy, win-win conflict resolution, and building couple commitment and connection. Replete with exercises that empower couples to take action and solve their problems, The Couples Therapy Companion also helps readers to sustain the positive momentum learned in therapy in everyday life.


The Couples Therapy Companion is a nouveau riche clinical guide from the legacy of REBT and one of its prominent and most experienced practitioners. Written in an elegantly simple style, the book is truly a companion to therapists and a valuable aide to their clients who are striving for a loving and committed couple relationship.”John D. Boyd, PhD, ABPP, ABPH, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

“This title is a down-to-earth book for couples looking for workable ways to resolve conflicts and enhance their relationship. The Couples Therapy Companion is also a suitable reference for therapists looking to understand why couples get themselves into emotional jams and how to break harmful patterns. If you put Grieger’s clearly explained principles to practice, I predict you will feel happy with the results.”Bill Knaus, EdD, Former Director of Post-graduate Training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy; Author, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety 2nd Edition, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression 2nd Edition

“Dr. Grieger has created a first rate couples and maritals instructional program for courageous individuals committed to resolving relationship difficulties or relationship disturbances. It follows a detailed, step-by-step progression to identify, understand, and resolve conflict and attain a healthy, happy relationship.”John R. Minor, PhD, Educator, REBT Supervisor, Clinical Psychologist Practitioner

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Diagnosing and Goal Setting 1. The Couple Diagnosis 2. The Couple Goal Setting Part II: Prescription Solutions. Eliminating Relationship Disturbance 3. Eliminating Couple Disturbance: An Overview 4. Premeditated Acceptance and Forgiveness: The Antidote to Hurt and Anger 5. Unconditional Self-Acceptance: The Antidote to Fear and Insecurity Building Relationship Harmony and Satisfaction 6. Relationship Resilience: The Antidote to Low Frustration Tolerance 7. Building Relationship Harmony and Happiness: An Overview 8. Relentless and Intelligent Giving 9. Commitment to the Couple 10. Frequent, Passionate Intimacy Part III: Following Through to Success 11. Win-Win Conflict Resolution 12. Purposely Sustaining Momentum13. Epilogue

About the Author


Russell Grieger, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 35 years of treating couples, an organizational consultant, and an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family