Jeffrey J. Magnavita, Ph.D., ABPP and Jack C. Anchin, Ph.D., both on our advisory board, are delighted to announce the very recent publication of their volume, UNIFYING PSYCHOTHERAPY:  PRINCIPLES, METHODS, AND EVIDENCE FROM CLINICAL SCIENCE, by Springer Publishing Company. The intended audience for the book includes psychotherapy practitioners, theorists, researchers, trainers, and trainees.



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Unified psychotherapy, considered to be a significant new paradigm in the evolution of psychotherapy, is a multicomponent biopychosocial systems model that draws from all of the major psychotherapeutic paradigms and is grounded in the relational matrix. This book provides a comprehensive examination, analysis, and appraisal of unified psychotherapy with a practice-friendly presentation of its theoretical and evidence-based foundations, principles, and methods. It offers clinicians and students a framework for using unified psychotherapy and includes specific intervention strategies that can be used with the full spectrum of individuals suffering from psychological disorders and relational disturbances. It has been written by a recipient of the 2006 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector for his work in unifying psychotherapy and personality systematics, and the Co-Founders and Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science.

The book describes a paradigm that is anchored in a holistic biopsychosocial systems model of personality and psychopathology and encompasses four domain levels ranging from microscopic to macroscopic. Detailed assessment and treatment principles consider the interplay between the components of all four levels of the multicomponent biopsychosocial systems model. Evidence-based interventions that are clearly described along with case illustrations underscore the importance of flexibility as an essential component in using unified psychotherapy. The book also discusses current developments in psychotherapy, clinical science, and the discipline of psychology itself as they bear on the use of unified therapy.

Key Features:
• Presents a state-of-the art examination, analysis, and appraisal of unified psychotherapy as the next wave in the evolution of the field
• Details the theoretical and evidence-based foundations, principles, and methods of a specific unified approach to psychotherapy
• Provides an organizing metatheoretical model that draws on all domains to form a unifying framework to guide therapeutic processes and practices
• Describes evidence-based interventions with case examples

Preface ix
Acknowledgments  xvii
Introduction xxi
Allan N. Schore

Part I Theory and Evidence for Unifying Psychotherapy

1. The Emergence of a Unifying Paradigm for Psychotherapy 3
2. The Personality System 35
3. The Relational Matrix: Fundamental Principles and Processes 59

Part II Unified Psychotherapeutics

4. The Mind/Brain 79
5. Self–Other Dyads 105
6. Triads and Family Systems 137
7. Larger Systems 153

Part III Treatment Components: Principles and Techniques
of Unified Psychotherapy

8. Unifying Psychotherapeutics—Intrapsychic and Dyadic Levels 197
9. Unifying Psychotherapeutics—Triadic, Family,
and Sociocutural Domains 231
10. Formulation of Unified Treatment Packages—Clinical Decision Making
in Unified Therapeutics 243


Jeffrey J. Magnavita, PhD, ABPP, FAPA, is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist in active clinical practice. A diplomate in both counseling and clinical psychology of the ABPP and fellow of the APA, he is the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Independent or Institutional Practice in the Private Sector for 2006 from APA for his work in unifying psychotherapy and personality systematics. Dr. Magnavita authored Restructuring Personality Disorders: A Short-Term Dynamic Approach; Relational Therapy for Personality Disorders, Personality-Guided Relational Psychotherapy: A Unified Approach ; Theories of Personality: Contemporary Approaches to the Science of Personality; and was the volume editor for the Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic/Object Relations: Volume I , Handbook of Personality Disorders: Theory and Practice, and Evidence-Based Treatment of Personality Disorders: Principles, Methods, and Processes . He recently authored Theories of Personality, an undergraduate text. He is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science. He served as the president of the Division of Psychotherapy in 2010 and has previously made a highly acclaimed DVD demonstrating his approach in a single session, as well as one on Psychotherapy Over Time (six sessions). Most recently he was the founder of the Unified Psychotherapy Project and has created a task force to map the current methods and techniques of psychotherapy called psychotherapedia™. He is the creator and producer of a video series Psychotherapists Fact-to-Face, a production of the Division of Psychotherapy. He was recently appointed lecturer at Yale University in the Department of Psychiatry.
Jack C. Anchin, PhD, FAPA, is adjunct professor of psychology at SUNY at Buffalo and a clinical psychologist engaged in full-time private practice for over 25 years. Dr. Anchin is also co-editor of the Handbook of Interpersonal Psychotherapy and has published articles and chapters on the theory and practice of interpersonal psychotherapy, as well as on psychotherapy integration and psychotherapy unification. His publications also include invited commentaries on relational psychoanalysis; the unification of knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities; and integrative research methodology in the scientific study of interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Anchin has been an associate editor of the American Psychological Association (APA) Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and is currently a member of the editorial board. He has also served on the inaugural advisory council of APA’s Clinician’s Research Digest: Briefings in Behavioral Science, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Integrative and Eclectic Psychotherapy and the APA journal Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. With Dr. Magnavita, he is co-founder and co-editor of the electronic Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science. Dr. Anchin is an invited charter member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He is a Fellow of the APA and is the 2011 recipient of the APA Division of Psychotherapy’s Distinguished Psychologist Award for contributions to psychology and psychotherapy.

Drs. Jack C. Anchin, Jeffrey J. Magnavita, and Steven A. Sobelman, Editors of the Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science (JUPCS), are pleased to announce that the newest issue of the journal has been published and is available online. Following is the Table of Contents of this newest edition:


  1. Context-Responsive Psychotherapy Integration as a Framework for a Unified Clinical Science: Conceptual and Empirical Considerations-Michael J. Constantino, Ph.D., James F. Boswell, Ph.D., Samantha L. Bernecker, M.S., and Louis G. Castonguay, Ph.D.
  2. Stress and HPA Axis Responsivity: Mediating Factors and Implications for Treatment-Thomas G. Arizmendi, Ph.D.
  3. Methodological Considerations of Studying a Unified Approach to Psychotherapy: Integral Methodological Pluralism-Andre Marquis, Ph.D.
  4. Ethics and the Unified Psychotherapy Movement-Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP

Book Reviews

  • A Balanced View of a Mental Health Field Gone More than Slightly Mad-Review by Andre Marquis, Ph.D.
  • Gifts of Knowledge-Review by Ferruccio Osimo, M.D.
  • Rich, Dense, and Not for the Faint of Heart-Review by Marilyn R. Sanders, M.D.
  • The Search for a Unified Metatheory of Everything-Review by David M. Allen, M.D.

JUCPS may be accessed through the following link:   http://www.unifiedpsychotherapyproject.org/journal/.

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  1. The Bio-Psycho-Social Triad is the only way………….been a fan since the late 90’s


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