Affective Reconstruction in the Context of a Pluralistic Approach to Couple Therapy
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 348–365, December 1999
How to Cite
Snyder, D. K. (1999), Affective Reconstruction in the Context of a Pluralistic Approach to Couple Therapy. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 6: 348–365. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.6.4.348
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received July 17, 1998; revised January 5, 1999; accepted May 17, 1999.
- couple therapy;
- integrative therapy;
Couple therapists confront a tremendous diversity of individual and relationship difficulties characterizing couples in distress. This article describes a hierarchical model for structuring interventions from an informed pluralistic approach. Special consideration is given to affective reconstruction or interpretation of recurrent maladaptive relationship patterns evolving from developmental processes. Theoretical assumptions underlying affective reconstruction are presented along with specific therapeutic techniques and criteria for their implementation. Affective reconstruction of maladaptive relationship themes is contrasted with alternative psychodynamic and developmental approaches. The broader pluralistic approach advocated here is also contrasted with alternative integrative models. Discussion concludes with implications of an informed pluralistic approach for research and clinical practice.