Handbook of Psychotherapy Case Formulation

Third Edition

Edited by Tracy D. Eells

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Now in a significantly revised third edition featuring 60% new material, this is the authoritative clinical reference and course text on a crucial psychotherapy skill. Leading practitioners of major psychotherapies describe step by step how to construct sound case formulations and use them to guide individualized treatment. Following a standard format, chapters cover the historical background of each case formulation approach, its conceptual framework and evidence base, multicultural considerations, steps in implementation, application to treatment planning and practice, and training resources. Rich case material includes examples of completed formulations.

New to This Edition

“Any practicing clinician knows that there is more to conducting therapy than following a manual. Yet the growing availability of treatment manuals over the past several decades has led many training programs to pay relatively less attention to individualized case formulation. Fortunately, Eells and his contributors recognize the crucial importance of case formulation in planning personalized interventions for transdiagnostic problems. The third edition of this book continues to provide a notable contribution to the field with its detailed account of how case formulation may add to the effectiveness of therapeutic intervention.”

—Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University

“Case formulation allows therapists to know when and how to use their clinical skills and how to evaluate whether clients have benefited. The up-to-date third edition of this excellent resource helps practitioners from all different orientations learn how to construct and use case formulations. Doctoral students and experienced clinicians alike should read this book so they can respond more effectively to the needs of their clients. It is user friendly and easy to read.”

—Clara E. Hill, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

“Case formulation is the invisible force that guides psychotherapy—without a sound formulation, treatment is likely to be unfocused and of limited benefit. Developing a case formulation and using it to guide treatment is a skill needed by all psychotherapists, regardless of their theoretical orientation or psychotherapy style. In the third edition of this comprehensive handbook, Eells brings together other leaders in the field to approach case formulation from an array of perspectives, resulting in an effective integration of theory, evidence, and clinical practice.”

—Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, ABPP, Department of Counseling Psychology (Emeritus), University of Wisconsin–Madison

“This handbook is built on the cornerstones of evidence-based practice: theory, practice wisdom, the person of the client, and research. Each chapter lays out ways that clinicians can methodically engage clients while building hypotheses for treatment planning. Students and practicing clinicians can improve their practice processes and outcomes after reading this vital practice text.”

—Jemel P. Aguilar, PhD, Department of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

1. History and Current Status of Psychotherapy Case Formulation, Tracy D. Eells

2. The Core Conflictual Relationship Theme for Personality Disorders, Brin F. S. Grenyer, Ely M. Marceau, & Hadas Wiseman

3. Panic-Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Fredric N. Busch & Barbara L. Milrod

4. Plan Formulation Method, John T. Curtis & George Silberschatz

5. The Cyclical Maladaptive Pattern, Jeffrey L. Binder & Ephi J. Betan

6. Case Formulation in Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression, John C. Markowitz & Holly A. Swartz

7. Thematic Mapping: A Transtheoretical, Transdiagnostic Method of Case Conceptualization, Charles R. Ridley & Christina E. Jeffrey

8. Optimizing Psychotherapy with Plan Analysis, Franz Caspar

9. Cognitive-Behavioral Case Formulation, Jacqueline B. Persons & Michael A. Tompkins

10. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Case Formulation of Individuals Who Are Chronically Suicidal, Nicholas L. Salsman

11. Behavioral Approaches to Psychotherapy Case Formulation, Peter Sturmey

12. Case Conceptualization in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Willem Kuyken & Barnaby D. Dunn sample

13. Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Fredrick T. Chin, Cory E. Stanton, Brandon T. Sanford, & Steven C. Hayes

14. Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Rhonda N. Goldman & Leslie S. Greenberg

15. Conceptualization in the Gottman Method of Couple Therapy, John M. Gottman, Julie S. Gottman, Donald L. Cole, & Carrie U. Cole


About the Editor

Tracy D. Eells, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. A licensed clinical psychologist, he maintains a psychotherapy practice, is active in research, and teaches psychotherapy to psychiatry residents and clinical psychology graduate students. Dr. Eells has published several papers on psychotherapy case formulation and has conducted workshops on the topic for professionals. He is on the editorial boards of multiple psychotherapy journals.


Graduate students and practitioners in clinical psychology, social work, counseling, psychiatry, and psychiatric nursing.

Course Use

Serves as a text in courses in psychotherapy, direct practice, and evidence-based practice.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Second Edition, © 2007
ISBN: 9781606239421

First Edition, © 1997
ISBN: 9781572302167
New to this edition: