Integrative approaches to couple therapy: a clinical case illustration Academic Article uri icon


  • Although meta-analyses affirm that various treatments for couple distress produce statistically and clinically significant outcomes, research findings also indicate that a large percentage of couples fail to benefit from treatment or subsequently deteriorate following current therapies. Based on these findings, we advocate potential advantages of integrative approaches to couple therapy. The clinical practice of integrative approaches to couple therapy requires conceptual and clinical decision-making skills transcending those of any one theoretical modality and emphasizes the selection, sequencing and pacing of diverse interventions in a coherent manner. Principles of an integrative approach are explicated in a clinical case illustration. 2012 The Authors 2012 The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Abbott, B. V., & Snyder, D. K.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Abbott, Brian V||Snyder, Douglas K

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM