Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy

Fifth Edition

Edited by Alan S. Gurman, Jay L. Lebow, and Douglas K. Snyder

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Regarded as the authoritative reference and text, this handbook presents the most effective, widely studied approaches to couple therapy. The distinguished coeditors bring together other leading experts, most of whom developed the approaches they describe. Adhering closely to a uniform structure to facilitate study and comparison, chapters cover the history, theoretical and empirical underpinnings, and techniques of each model. The volume also describes cutting-edge applications for particular relationship contexts (such as blended families, LGBT couples, and separated couples) and clinical problems (such as partner aggression, psychological disorders, and medical issues).

New to This Edition See also Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy, edited by Alan S. Gurman, which presents in-depth illustrations of treatment.

“I purchased my first copy of the Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapyat the beginning of my third year of graduate school, and I’ve owned a copy ever since. The fifth edition, published in 2015, provides readers with a map of the evolving field of couple therapy. Like older versions, the fifth edition highlights the major approaches to couple therapy, and serves as a handbook for both new and experienced clinicians….The Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapyoffers novices and seasoned clinicians a fine reference book to guide them whether they are interested in learning about a specific approach to couple therapy, or about how to think about or treat a specific issue. The book will always have a place on my clinical book shelf.”

The Family Psychologist


“Considered to be the authoritative reference in the field of couple therapy….Once again, the editors successfully manage to bring together renowned authors to write chapters about the most used models as well as integrate new developments in the field of couple therapy—much needed additions….This is appropriate for students in the field of couple and family therapy, as well as skilled practitioners….This update does not disappoint in quality or depth. It makes the same excellent contribution in presenting the models as previous editions and it also provides a thorough look at newer and much needed developments in the field.”

Doody's Review Service


“Clearly the definitive reference book in this field....Psychiatrists of any persuasion will find an abundance of valuable pearls.”

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (on the fourth edition)


“The book is exactly what therapists interested in couple therapy should read as they embark on a career in the field....This text is ideally suited as an introduction to couple therapy for students....A must for any couples therapist's library.”

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (on the fourth edition)


“Reading the fifth edition of this classic work left me struck by the astonishing progress in the field. Clinical and scientific advances abound in these pages. The chapter authors are the best clinicians and researchers we have. Their original voices come through within a common organizational frame that allows easy comparison across models and topics. The addition of chapters on PTSD, interpersonal neurobiology, and intercultural relationships is particularly noteworthy. This book is straightforward enough for students and beginners and sophisticated enough for senior therapists who want an update on one of the most exciting areas in contemporary psychotherapy.”

—William J. Doherty, PhD, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota


“Truly a tour de force. With thoughtfully crafted chapters by prominent couple therapists who represent the diverse range of theoretical perspectives, this fifth edition offers both empirical support and practical clinical advice. The volume addresses the many changes in the field, highlights up-to-date research findings, and links them to interventions. This book is a 'must read' for anyone learning how to practice couple therapy, as well as for seasoned couple therapists from any theoretical orientation who are committed to practicing state-of-the-art interventions. Readers will find the book to be brilliantly written and clinically illuminating.”

—Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University; past president, American Psychological Association


“Once again, the Handbook rises to the challenge of being the definitive guide to couple treatments, with encyclopedic coverage of different therapeutic approaches, populations, and targeted problems. The fifth edition includes exciting chapters on novel couple therapies for PTSD and intimate partner violence, new tips for working with stepfamilies, and 'news from neuroscience' for the couple therapy field. As in prior editions, the integration of research findings, techniques, and detailed clinical examples facilitates understanding for clinicians at all levels.”

—Brian D. Doss, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami


“The most comprehensive, well-respected source on how to do therapy with couples. A benefit of the fifth edition is the historical view that the contributors provide; many have been leaders in couple therapy for over 20 years. The book also incorporates the latest developments, such as interpersonal neurobiology. At the University of San Diego, we have used this book for many years as our core text for the Couple Therapy class, and we will enthusiastically incorporate the fifth edition into our curriculum.”

—JoEllen Patterson, PhD, Department of Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy, University of San Diego

Table of Contents

1. The Theory and Practice of Couple Therapy: History, Contemporary Models, and a Framework for Comparative Analysis, Alan S. Gurman

I. Models of Couple Therapy

Behavioral Approaches

2. Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy, Donald H. Baucom, Norman B. Epstein, Jennifer S. Kirby, & Jaslean J. LaTaillade

3. Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Andrew Christensen, Sona Dimidjian, & Christopher R. Martell

Emotion-Centered Approaches

4. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Susan M. Johnson

5. Gottman Method Couple Therapy, John Mordechai Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman

Psychodynamic and Multigenerational Approaches

6. Integrative Problem-Centered Metaframeworks Approach, William M. Pinsof, Douglas C. Breunlin, Anthony L. Chambers, Alexandra H. Solomon, & William P. Russell

7. Functional Analytic Couple Therapy, Alan S. Gurman

8. Object Relations Couple Therapy, Judith P. Siegel

9. Bowen Family Systems Couple Coaching, Katharine Gratwick Baker

Social Constructionist Approaches

10. Narrative Couple Therapy, Jill Freedman & Gene Combs

11. Solution-Focused Couple Therapy, Michael F. Hoyt

Systemic Approaches

12. Brief Strategic Couple Therapy, Michael J. Rohrbaugh & Varda Shoham

13. Structural Couple Therapy, George M. Simon

II. APPLICATIONS OF COUPLE THERAPY: SPECIAL POPULATIONS, PROBLEMS, AND ISSUES

Rupture of Relational Bonds: Violence, Affairs, and Divorce

14. Couple Therapy for Partner Aggression, Norman B. Epstein, Carol A. Werlinich, & Jaslean J. LaTaillade

15. Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Affairs, Kristina Coop Gordon, Alexander M. Khaddouma, Donald H. Baucom, & Douglas K. Snyder

16. Separation and Divorce Issues in Couple Therapy, Jay L. Lebow

Couple Therapy and Diverse Relationships

17. Therapy with Couples in Stepfamilies, Patricia L. Papernow

18. Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues in Couple Therapy, Robert-Jay Green & Valory Mitchell

19. Couple Therapy and Intercultural Relationships, Kyle D. Killian

Couple Therapy and Psychological Disorders

20. Couple Therapy and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Candice M. Monson & Steffany J. Fredman

21. Couple Therapy and Alcohol Problems, Barbara S. McCrady & Elizabeth E. Epstein

22. Couple Therapy and Depression, Mark A. Whisman & Steven R. H. Beach

23. Couple Therapy and Borderline Personality Disorder, Alan E. Fruzzetti & Luciana Payne

24. Couple Therapy and Sexual Problems, Gerald R. Weeks & Nancy Gambescia

Couple Therapy, Medical Issues, and Interpersonal Neurobiology

25. Couple Therapy and Medical Issues, Nancy Breen Ruddy & Susan H. McDaniel

26. Couple Therapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mona DeKoven Fishbane


About the Editors

Alan S. Gurman, PhD, until his death in 2013, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to couple therapy, he edited and wrote many influential books; was a past two-term editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; and was former president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Gurman was a recipient of awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the Society for Family Psychology, Division 43 of the American Psychological Association. He also received the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and Training from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

Jay L. Lebow, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University and a senior therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He is also editor-in-chief of the journal Family Process. He has engaged in clinical practice, supervision, and research on couple and family therapy for over 30 years, and is board certified in family psychology and an approved supervisor and clinical member of AAMFT. Dr. Lebow's numerous publications focus on practice of couple and family therapy, the relationship of research and practice, integrative practice, and intervention strategies with divorcing families. He served on the Board of Directors and as a committee chair of AFTA and is a past president of the Society for Family Psychology. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from AFTA and the Family Psychologist of the Year Award from the Society of Family Psychology.

Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University, where he also served as Director of Clinical Training for 20 years. He is coauthor or coeditor of several books, including Helping Couples Get Past the Affair and Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families. Dr. Snyder has served as editor of the Clinician’s Research Digest and as associate editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Family Psychology. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Family Therapy Award from AAMFT and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award from the Society for Family Psychology.

Contributors

Katharine Gratwick Baker, PhD, private practice, Northampton, Massachusetts

Donald H. Baucom, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Steven R. H. Beach, PhD, Center for Family Research and Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Douglas C. Breunlin, MSSA, The Family Institute and Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Anthony L. Chambers, PhD, The Family Institute and Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Andrew Christensen, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Gene Combs, MD, Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, NorthShore University Health System, Glenview, Illinois

Sona Dimidjian, PhD, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

Elizabeth E. Epstein, PhD, Center of Alcohol Studies and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey

Norman B. Epstein, PhD, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland

Mona DeKoven Fishbane, PhD, Couple Therapy Training, Chicago Center for Family Health, Chicago, Illinois

Steffany J. Fredman, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Jill Freedman, MSW, Evanston Family Therapy Center, Evanston, Illinois

Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada

Nancy Gambescia, PhD, Center for Couples and Adult Families, Department of Psychiatry,University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kristina Coop Gordon, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

John Mordechai Gottman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Washington; The Relationship Research Institute; and The Gottman Institute, Seattle, Washington

Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD, The Relationship Research Institute and The Gottman Institute, Seattle, Washington

Robert-Jay Green, PhD, Rockway Institute for Research in LGBT Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco, California

Alan S. Gurman, PhD (deceased), Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

Michael F. Hoyt, PhD, private practice, Mill Valley, California

Susan M. Johnson, EdD, Department of Psychology, University of Ottawa; International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy; and Ottawa Couple and Family Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Alexander M. Khaddouma, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Kyle D. Killian, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jennifer S. Kirby, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jaslean J. LaTaillade, PhD, JBS International, Inc., North Bethesda, Maryland; and Department of Family Science, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland

Jay L. Lebow, PhD, The Family Institute and Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Christopher R. Martell, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Barbara S. McCrady, PhD, Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions and Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

Valory Mitchell, PhD, Rockway Institute for Research in LGBT Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco, California

Candice M. Monson, PhD, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Patricia L. Papernow, EdD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Luciana Payne, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada

William M. Pinsof, PhD, The Family Institute, Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Michael J. Rohrbaugh, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC; and Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Nancy Breen Ruddy, PhD, McCann Health, Parsippany, New Jersey

William P. Russell, MSW, The Family Institute and Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Varda Shoham, PhD (deceased), Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland; and Department of Psychology,University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Judith P. Siegel, PhD, Silver School of Social Work, New York University, New York, New York

George M. Simon, MS, Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York; and The Minuchin Center for the Family, Oaklyn, New Jersey

Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD, The Family Institute and Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Gerald R. Weeks, PhD, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

Carol A. Werlinich, PhD, Center for Healthy Families and Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland

Mark A. Whisman, PhD, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

Audience

Therapists and counselors working with couples; instructors and graduate students in couple and family therapy, clinical psychology, clinical social work, psychiatry, mental health counseling, pastoral counseling, and nursing.

Course Use

Serves as a text in such courses as Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology of Marriage, Couple Therapy, Working with Couples, Couples Counseling, and Social Work Practice with Families.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Fourth Edition, © 2008
ISBN: 9781593858216

Third Edition, © 2002
ISBN: 9781572307582

Second Edition, © 1995
ISBN: 9780898628555
New to this edition: