Handbook of Couples Therapy
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The essential guide to successful couples therapy at every stage of the lifecycle

A variety of therapeutic interventions can help couples develop the tools for a successful relationship. Yet many practitioners begin seeing couples without extensive training in couples work. To fill this gap in their therapeutic repertoires, noted couples therapist Michele Harway brings together other well-known experts in marriage and family therapy to offer the Handbook of Couples Therapy, a comprehensive guide to the study and practice of couples therapy.

The book's chapters provide a variety of perspectives along developmental, theoretical, and situational lines. Recognizing the need for clinically proven, evidence-based approaches, chapters provide detailed coverage of the most effective treatment modes. Couples at different stages of the lifecycle feature prominently in the text, as do relevant special issues and treatment approaches for each stage.

Subjects covered include:

  • Premarital counseling from the PAIRS perspective (an extensive curriculum of interventions for premarital couples)
  • The first years of marital commitment
  • Couples with young children
  • Couples with adolescents
  • Therapy with older couples
  • Same sex couples
  • A variety of theoretical approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Object Relational, Narrative, Integrative, and Feminist and Contextual
  • Special issues and situations, including serious illness, physical aggression, addiction, infidelity, and religious/spiritual commitments or conflicts
Providing a diverse set of treatment approaches suited to working with a wide range of adult populations, the Handbook of Couples Therapy is an essential resource for mental health professionals working with couples.


MICHELE HARWAY, PhD, is a well-regarded scholar in the field of couples therapy. Her research and writings on domestic violence are highly praised, and she conducts seminars across the country on treating the domestic abuse couple. She is currently, Director of the Clinical Program at Antioch University. Awarded the 1998 Family Psychologist of the Year Award by Division 43 of the APA, she is also the Division''s past president (2000). Currently, she is the treasurer of APA Division 51 (Men and Masculinity). She also maintains a private practice.


About the Contributors.

1. Setting the Stage for Working with Couples (Michele Harway).


2. Premarital Counseling from the PAIRS Perspective (Lori H. Gordon, Robin Rose Temple, and Donald W. Adams).

3. The First Years of Marital Commitment (William C. Nichols).

4. Couples with Young Children (Linda Morano Lower).

5. Couples with Adolescents (C. Haydee Mas and James F. Alexander).

6. Therapy with Older Couples: Love Stories—The Good, the Bad, and the Movies (Thomas H. Peake and Angela E. Steep).


7. Bowen Family Systems Theory as Feminist Therapy (Louise Bordeaux Silverstein).

8. Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy (Terence Patterson).

9. Object Relations Couple Therapy (David E. Scharff and Yolanda de Varela).

10. Narrative Therapy with Couples: Promoting Liberation from Constraining Influences (Lynne V. Rosen and Charley Lang).

11. EFT: An Integrative Contemporary Approach (Brent Bradley and Susan M. Johnson).

12. Strategic and Solution-Focused Couple Therapy (Stephen Cheung).

13. Integrative Healing Couples Therapy: A Search for Self and Each Other (Patricia Pitta).

14. Feminist and Contextual Work (Roberta L. Nutt).


15. Managing Emotional Reactivity in Couples Facing Illness: Smoothing Out the Emotional Roller Coaster (William H. Watson and Susan H. McDaniel).

16. Treating Couples with Sexual Abuse Issues (Michele Harway and Ellen Faulk).

17. Working with Couples Who Have Experienced Physical Aggression (Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Kahni Clements, and Coreen Farris).

18. Couples and Addiction (Mark Stanton).

19. Infidelity: Theory and Treatment (Don-David Lusterman).

20. Religious and Spiritual Issues in Couples Therapy (Ilene Serlin).

21. Working with Same-Sex Couples (Daniel J. Alonzo).

22. Treating Couples across the Socioeconomic Spectrum (Florence W. Kaslow).

23. Divorcing Couples (Joy K. Rice).

24. What the Research Tells Us (Sally D. Stabb).

25. Some Concluding Thoughts about Couples and Couples Therapy (Michele Harway).

Author Index.

Subject Index.


"...the book is highly recommended for therapists on all levels of professional development..." (Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, Vol XXXI (2), October 2005)