on January 24, 2012
Case Studies in Couples Therapy is an interesting and engaging book of case studies using various approaches in psychology. The book is designed for professionals rather than a self-help book, and is a good supplementary coursebook for graduate students. The book provides insight into diverse couples situations that any counselor or therapist who deals with couples can gain insight from. Each chapter has at least one case study and each chapter is written by a different highly qualified therapist or therapist team.
Most chapters are strong with references, research and bridging the gap between theory and application of theory in therapy. Because many psychologists and therapists use an eclectical approach in their approaches, the book can be used in this manner, where the therapist or student can focus on which approaches best suit his or her particular needs, style or personal theories and experiences in counseling. In reading any professionally oriented book on counseling, each individual will separate the wheat from the chaff in his own particular application of the material.
The book has chapters that related to the psychoanalytical approach, that delve into finding insight into present situations from present dreams, as well as delving into the past with the couple so the couple themselves can try to find insight of their partner, and it presents chapters on cognitive behavioral therapy as it relates to couples, to mention just two examples of the types of approaches that are considered.
While there are parts of the book which are dry, for the most part it is spiced up with enough real-life diverse case-studies to make for interesting reading. Some ministers who counsel couples might also gain some benefit from the discussions presented here.