The tapestry of couple therapy: Interweaving theory, assessment, and intervention. Chapter uri icon


  • Couple therapists confront a tremendous diversity of presenting issues, marital and family structures, individual dynamics and psychopathology, and psychosocial stressors characterizing couples in distress. Given the diversity in couples' needs, effective treatment is most likely when the couple therapist works from a coherent theoretical framework, engages in extensive assessment of the marital and family system, and selectively draws on intervention strategies across the theoretical spectrum in a manner consistent with an explicit case formulation (Snyder et al, 1995). The authors describe therapy with a couple exhibiting both individual and relationship issues that contribute to marital difficulties. The family consists of a 38 yr old father, 35 yr old mother and 2 sons, ages 6 and 8. Consistent with the model that D. K. Snyder et al (1995) outlined, conceptualization of the couple's difficulties rests on comprehensive assessment across multiple domains and levels of the family system. The authors also present a model for organizing couple interventions ranging from crisis containment to exploration of relevant developmental experiences. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

author list (cited authors)

  • Snyder, D. K., Cozzi, J. J., Grich, J., & Luebbert, M. C.

complete list of authors

  • Snyder, Douglas K||Cozzi, Jebber J||Grich, Jami||Luebbert, Michael C

editor list (cited editors)

  • S. H. McDaniel, .., D.-D. Lusterman, .., & C. L. Philpot.

Book Title

  • Casebook for integrating family therapy: An ecosystemic approach.

publication date

  • January 1, 2001 11:11 AM