Enhanced Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Couples: A Contextual Approach

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American Psychological Association, 2002 - Psychology - 570 pages
This book expands the boundaries of cognitive-behavioral therapy and traditional notions of marriage in a framework that focuses on the behavior of individuals in relationships within the context of broader relationship patterns. For couples to derive maximum fulfillment from their relationships, an equal emphasis must be given to the role of positive behavior, cognitions, and emotions in relationship functioning. But because relationships are affected by the environment within which they exist, the authors look not only at the traditional realm of individual behavior but also at family systems, community influences, and life circumstances that may affect the clients' relationships, such as job loss or a death in the family. This contextual approach will help couples understand their individual differences, any unresolved personal issues and possible psychopathology, and individual and family needs. This book provides practical guidance for conducting couples therapy, from assessment through the final sessions. Chapters explore behavioral interventions, ways to modify cognitions, addressing emotions and individual psychopathology, and interventions for environmental demands. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).

About the author (2002)

Norman B. Epstein is professor in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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