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Couples Therapy

  1. Jay Lebow,
  2. Danielle Black

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0234

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Lebow, J. and Black, D. 2010. Couples Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. Northwestern University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Couples therapy is a form of psychotherapy targeting problems within a couple (e.g., two individuals in a committed romantic relationship). Whereas individual psychotherapy focuses on one person and that person's problem areas, couples therapy targets the problems of the couple, whether married or unmarried, heterosexual or homosexual. Couples therapy has emerged as a crucial intervention in mental health due to the growing need for treating couple problems.


  • couple;
  • psychotherapy;
  • marriage;
  • marital distress;
  • attachment