Changing self-destructive habits: Pathways to solutions with couples and families


This book presents a brief family therapy approach for five different, broad categories of self-destructive habits, each of which would surely merit a text on its own: self-harm (self-injury), substance abuse, eating-distress, gambling, and Internet and cyber-sex abuse difficulties. Matthew D. Selekman and Mark Beyebach know first-hand that therapists see clients who have problems with several of these habits in varying contexts. They maintain an optimistic, positive, solution-focused approach while carefully addressing problems and risks. The difficulties of change, the risk of slips and relapses, and the ups-and-downs of therapeutic processes are widely acknowledged and addressed. Readers will find useful, hands-on therapeutic strategies and techniques that they can use in both individual and conjoint sessions during couple, family, and one-on-one therapy. Detailed case examples provide windows to therapeutic processes and the complexities in these cases. Clinical interventions are put in a wider research context, while research is reviewed and used to extract key implications of empirical findings. This allows for a flexible and open therapeutic approach that therapists can use to integrate techniques and procedures from a variety of approaches and intervention programs.

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