Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy

Authored by: Norman B. Epstein , Frank M. Dattilio , Donald H. Baucom

Handbook of family therapy

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415518017
eBook ISBN: 9780203123584
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203123584-19

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Abstract

Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy (CBCT) has grown rapidly over the past four decades to become one of the evidence-based treatments for couples’ general relationship distress as well as for the treatment of forms of individual psychopathology in the couple context. This chapter describes the development of CBCT and the aspects of the model that have established it as among the most widely used couple therapy approaches among practicing clinicians (Northey, 2002). The fact that the model addresses three major domains of couples’ experiences in their intimate relationships—cognitions, emotional responses, and behavioral interactions—makes it easy for clinicians who use other theoretical models to integrate CBCT principles and interventions into their work. In turn, we will describe how CBCT has grown from an initial focus on partners’ exchanges of pleasing and displeasing behaviors to a model that is much more integrative with other major models such as emotionally focused therapy and structural family therapy.

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