Couples and family therapy focuses on intimate relationships and how enduring emotional attachments shape patients’ behavior and well-being. The couples’ therapist aims to alleviate the interpersonal problems of married or unmarried couples by using psychotherapy to explore the psychological, sexual, ethical, and economic aspects of the relationship.
Family therapy is based on the notion that an individual’s mental health is best understood within the context of his or her family, and that improved family relationships can transform dysfunctional behavior. Many conflicts associated with treating mental disorders are eased by including the family in long-term treatment plans. A psychiatrist, psychologist or other licensed therapist may employ various forms of therapy to facilitate communication among family members, including psychotherapy, family systems theory, and cognitive-behavior therapy.
Books on Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy
American Psychiatric Publishing (APPI), a division of the American Psychiatric Association, publishes textbooks on therapy for couples and families that cover the latest interventions in practice today.
View a complete list of books related to couples and family therapy.