Higher Education

Counseling and Therapy for Couples, 2nd Edition

  • Lynn L. Long Stetson University
  • Mark E. Young University of Central Florida
  • ISBN-10: 0495005959  |  ISBN-13: 9780495005957
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1998
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $100.50



Long and Young's text presents a broad view of the developing field of couples counseling, offering extensive coverage of virtually every aspect of its principles, evaluation, planning, treatment strategies, and challenges. In the text, the authors propose a single structure that brings together the field's major theoretical viewpoints. They present the integrative model within an atheoretical context in which many types of couples are addressed--heterosexual, same-sex, culturally mixed, married, and unmarried--thus ensuring that readers are fully prepared to work with various types of clients.

Features and Benefits

  • Numerous case examples and role-play scenarios illustrate the application of concepts to real-life situations.
  • The authors' integrative model encourages counselors to identify workable goals and lead couples to agreement, rather than spending time analyzing the personalities of each individual.
  • The book includes wide coverage of topics in couples counseling, giving readers exposure to the key issues and the varieties of couples with which they will be working.
  • Tables, drawings, and charts illustrate abstract concepts visually.

Table of Contents

1. The Couple as a Unique System.
2. Theories of Couples Therapy: Part One.
3. Theories of Couple Therapy: Part Two.
4. An Integrative Model for Couples Therapy.
5. The Assessment of Couples and Their Problems.
6. Goal Setting and Treatment Planning with Couples.
7. Treatment Strategies that Can be Applied to Multiple Couples Issues.
8. Treating Communication Problems: Issues and Skills.
9. Intimacy and Sexuality.
10. Conflict: Negotiation and Resolution.
11. Divorcing Couples.
12. Infidelity in Relationships.
13. Counseling Couples with Alcohol Problems.
14. Blending Couples.
15. Same-Sex Couples.

What's New

  • This edition presents a focus on the marriage movement, couple enrichment and pre-marital counseling, and unmarriage.
  • Expanded coverage of new treatment and practice issues includes reframing, rituals, role reversal, role rehearsal, using metaphors, imagery, analogies, contracting, creating intensity, and de-escalating conflict.
  • A new emphasis on specific treatment strategies for couples helps students make the essential step from theory to practice.
  • Creative and expressive arts as alternatives to traditional "talk therapy" provide students new and different ways to work with couples.
  • This edition includes expanded coverage of issues related to domestic violence.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lynn L. Long

Dr. Lynn Long is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychotherapy at Stetson University in Florida. Her doctorate degree is from the University of Florida

Mark E. Young

Mark Young is a professor at University of Central Florida. He received his doctorate in Community Counseling from Ohio University in 1985. Since 1987 he has worked as a counselor educator, and his professional experience as a counselor includes more than 20 years in community mental health, corrections, college counseling centers, and private practice. Dr. Young has given workshops at state and national conventions in the United States, Mexico, Russia, and France.