Techniques for the Couple Therapist features many of the most prominent psychotherapists today, presenting their most effective couple therapy interventions. This book provides clinicians with a user-friendly quick reference with an array of techniques that can be quickly read and immediately used in session. The book includes over 50 chapters by experts in the field on the fundamental principles and techniques for effective couple therapy. Many of the techniques focus on common couple therapy processes such as enactments, communication, and reframing. Others focus on specific presenting problems, such as trauma, sexual issues, infidelity, intimate partner violence, and high conflict. Students, beginning therapists, and seasoned clinicians will find this pragmatic resource invaluable in their work with couples.

section I|30 pages

Fundamental Principles for Effective Couple Therapy

chapter 1|8 pages

The Heart and Soul of Couple Therapy

ByStephen T. Fife

chapter 2|4 pages


From the Perspective of the Use of Self
ByHarry J. Aponte

chapter 3|4 pages

The Road to Mastery

Three Steps for Improving Performance as a Couples Therapist
ByScott D. Miller, Mark A. Hubble

chapter 4|8 pages

The Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS)

ByBarry Duncan, Jacqueline Sparks

chapter 5|4 pages

Ethical Techniques to Maintain Confidentiality in Couple Therapy

ByGerald R. Weeks

section II|230 pages

Techniques and Interventions

part A|14 pages


chapter 6|4 pages


From the Perspective of the Use of Self
ByHarry J. Aponte

chapter 7|4 pages

Enactments in Five Developmental Stages

BySean D. Davis

chapter 8|4 pages

Effectively Structuring Enactments

BySean D. Davis, Sandra A. Espinoza

part B|32 pages

Couple Communication

chapter 9|4 pages

Expanding Levels of Communication

ByGerald R. Weeks, Nancy Gambescia

chapter 10|5 pages

Rule-Governed Speaker-Listener Technique

ByRachel M. Diamond, Jay L. Lebow

chapter 11|6 pages

Problem-Solving Strategies Based on PREP (Prevention and Relationship Education Program)

ByAleja M. Parsons, Lane L. Ritchie, Howard J. Markman

chapter 12|4 pages

The Daily Dialogue

ByJon Carlson, Sonya Lorelle

chapter 13|3 pages

Using Shared Journaling to Practice Communication Skills With Couples

ByToni Schindler Zimmerman, Shelley A. Haddock

chapter 14|4 pages

Soft/Hard/Soft Communication

ByPatricia L. Papernow

chapter 15|4 pages

Multidirectional Partiality

ByJanie K. Long, Daniel Kort

part C|32 pages


chapter 16|4 pages

Systemic Reframing

ByGeorge M. Simon

chapter 17|4 pages

Taking Ownership

ByJon Carlson, Sonya Lorelle

chapter 18|5 pages


ByNorman B. Epstein

chapter 19|5 pages

Clarifying the Negative Cycle in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)

BySue Johnson, Lorrie Brubacher

chapter 20|4 pages

Externalizing Conversations

ByGene Combs, Jill Freedman

chapter 21|4 pages

Re-Storying the Problem

ByJanie K. Long, Daniel Kort

chapter 22|4 pages

Reattribution and Narrative Change

ByRachel M. Diamond, Jay L. Lebow

part D|34 pages

Anger and Conflict

chapter 23|4 pages

Anger Management Self-Talk

ByNorman B. Epstein

chapter 24|4 pages


ByGeorge M. Simon

chapter 25|4 pages

Confronting Splitting

ByJudith P. Siegel

chapter 26|5 pages

Identifying and Working Through Projective Identifications

ByJudith P. Siegel

chapter 27|5 pages

Helping Partners Break Free of Adversarial Relationships

Transitioning From I-It to I-Thou
ByStephen T. Fife

chapter 28|4 pages

Tracking Protective Sequences in Internal Family Systems Therapy

ByToni Herbine-Blank

chapter 29|6 pages

Empathic Joining

ByPatricia L. Papernow

part E|68 pages

Intimacy, Growth, and Change

chapter 30|6 pages

Aspects of Intimacy

ByStephen T. Fife

chapter 31|4 pages

Intimacy and Sharing Hurts

ByLuciano L’Abate

chapter 32|6 pages

Deepening Attachment Emotion in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)

BySue Johnson, Lorrie Brubacher

chapter 33|4 pages

Asking About the Absent but Implicit in Narrative Therapy

ByJill Freedman, Gene Combs

chapter 34|4 pages

What's Better?

Focusing on Positives
BySara Smock Jordan

chapter 35|4 pages

Scaling Questions With Couples

BySara Smock Jordan

chapter 36|5 pages

Support Talk

Intervention for Enhancing Social Support Based on PREP (Prevention and Relationship Education Program) 1
ByLane L. Ritchie, Aleja M. Parsons, Howard J. Markman

chapter 37|4 pages

Hugging, Holding, Huddling, and Cuddling (3HC)

ByLuciano L’Abate

chapter 38|4 pages

“Your Cyberplace or Mine?”

Electronic Fantasy Dates
ByKatherine M. Hertlein

chapter 39|4 pages

Forgiveness in Couples Therapy

Expanding Compassion, Responsibility, and Apology
ByMiyoung Yoon Hammer, Terry D. Hargrave

chapter 40|4 pages

Restoration of Relationships After Affairs

ByTerry D. Hargrave, Miyoung Yoon Hammer

chapter 41|4 pages

Myths About Marriage

ByJeffry H. Larson

chapter 42|4 pages

Developmental Tasks in the Critical First Year of Marriage

Clinical Guidelines
ByJeffry H. Larson

chapter 43|4 pages

The Use of the Sexual Genogram

ByNancy Gambescia

chapter 44|5 pages

A Systemic Approach to Sensate Focus

ByGerald R. Weeks, Nancy Gambescia

part F|26 pages

Health and Wellness

chapter 45|5 pages

A Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Assessment in Brief or Extended Couple Therapy Formats

ByJennifer L. Hodgson, Angela L. Lamson, Irina Kolobova

chapter 46|5 pages

Using the Wellness Wheel With Couples

ByToni Schindler Zimmerman, Shelley A. Haddock

chapter 47|4 pages

Identifying and Reducing Stress That Influences Relational Health

ByAngela L. Lamson, Jennifer L. Hodgson, Amelia R. Muse

chapter 48|4 pages

Psychoeducation on the Influence of Stress on Couples

ByAnne Milek, Guy Bodenmann

chapter 49|6 pages

3-Phase Method of Dyadic Coping

ByGuy Bodenmann, Anne Milek

part G|12 pages

Intimate Partner Violence

chapter 50|4 pages

Clinical Assessment Interview for Intimate Partner Violence

ByDouglas B. Smith, Jason B. Whiting

chapter 51|6 pages

“I Didn't Hurt You, but if I Did I Had a Good Reason!”

Denial and Distortion in Abusive Couples
ByJason B. Whiting, Douglas B. Smith

part H|12 pages

Addressing Childhood Sexual Abuse in Couple Therapy