A Roadmap for Couple Therapy
Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Behavioral Approaches
Published by: Routledge
Integrative Couple Therapy Text
A Roadmap for Couple Therapy offers a comprehensive, flexible, and user-friendly template for conducting couple therapy. Grounded in an in-depth review of the clinical and research literature, and drawing on the author’s 40-plus years of experience, it describes the three main approaches to conceptualizing couple distress and treatment—systemic, psychodynamic, and behavioral—and shows how they can be integrated into a model that draws on the best of each.
Dr. Nielsen begins by describing the Model T of couple therapy, or Couple Therapy 1.0, the basic couple therapy format, where the partners talk to each other with the help of the therapist. He then introduces upgrades derived from systemic, psychodynamic, and behavioral/educational approaches, and shows how to combine and sequence them.
Unlike multi-authored texts in which each chapter presents a distinct brand of couple therapy with little cross-talk among them, this book simultaneously engages multiple viewpoints and synthesizes them into a coherent model. Covering fundamentals and advanced techniques, it should be valuable to both beginning therapists and experienced clinicians.
Couple therapy is, by definition, a journey marked by obstacles, detours, rough terrain, and frequent storms of intense emotion. Therapists will find A Roadmap for Couple Therapy an invaluable resource as they help distressed couples repair and revitalize their relationships.