Short-Term Couple Therapy

Short-Term Couple Therapy

by James M. Donovan PhD (Editor)

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This unique guide brings together representatives of the major family therapy approaches to demonstrate the nuts and bolts of their brief work with couples. The time- and cost-effective models discussed are explicitly short-term—not long-term on fast forward—and detailed case excerpts and clinical examples highlight how each form of therapy is actually conducted. Noted contributors include Susan Johnson, Philip Guerin, Michael Nichols and Salvador Minuchin, Simon Budman, Andrew Christensen and Neil Jacobson, James Keim, and many others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572308336
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 08/23/2002
Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 417
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

James M. Donovan, PhD, received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. A veteran of HMO mental health work, he has served as staff psychologist at Harvard Community Health Plan, now Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, for over 25 years. Dr. Donovan is founder and codirector of the Mental Health Fellowship at Harvard Vanguard and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Table of Contents

1. Short-Term Couple Therapy and the Principles of Brief Treatment, Donovan
I. Psychodynamic Methods
2. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Straight to the Heart, Johnson
3. Short-Term Couples Group Psychotherapy: A Tale of Four Fights, Donovan
4. A Control Mastery Approach to Short-Term Couple Therapy, Vogel
II. The Systemic Approach
5. Brief Marital Therapy: The Story of the Triangles, Guerin, Fay, Fogarty, and Kautto
6. Short-Term Structural Family Therapy with Couples, Nichols and Minuchin
7. Psychoanalytically Informed Short-Term Couple Therapy, Cohen
8. Time-Effective Couple Therapy, Budman
III. Collaborative Models
9. Collaborative Couple Therapy, Wile
10. Integrative Couple Therapy: The Dyadic Relationship of Acceptance and Change, Lawrence, Eldridge, Christensen, and Jacobson
IV. The Postmodern Schools
11. Brief Strategic Marital Therapy, Keim
12. Narrative Solutions in Brief Couple Therapy, Eron and Lund
13. A Time-Effective, Solution-Focused Approach to Couple Therapy, Friedman and Lipchik
14. Couples, Culture, and Discourse: A Narrative Approach, Neal, Zimmerman, and Dickerson
15. Short-Term Couple Therapy: The Present and the Future, Donovan


All clinicians who treat couples; students of family therapy, clinical psychology, psychiatry, and social work. Serves as a text in graduate-level family therapy courses.

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