I am pleased to announce the forthcoming book by two our of advisors, Jeffrey Magnavita, and Jack Anchin: Unifying Psychotherapy – Principles, Methods, and Evidence from Clinical Science. These authors have been playing a key role in the theoretical unification of the multitude, and often diverse, theories of psychotherapy. Moving beyond the single domain perspectives of the 20th century to a more holistic framework, the authors have set out on a challenging quest for psychotherapy unification. The Springer Publishing Company are offering pre-orders of the book; the publication date is set for September.

I highly recommend, for those interested in this important move forward, the Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science for in-depth papers on the subject.


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

Table of Contents

Section I: Theory and Evidence

Chapter 1: New Findings from Clinical Science for a Unified Psychotherapy

Chapter 2: Mapping the Personality System

Chapter 3: Fundamental Principles of the Relational Matrix

Section II: Treatment Principles and Techniques

Chapter 4: Principles of Healing the Mind

Chapter 5: Principles of Healing Self and Others

Chapter 6: Principles of Healing Triads and Family Systems

Chapter 7: Principles of Healing Larger Systems

Section III: Clinical Strategies of Unified Psychotherapy

Chapter 8: Treatment of Symptomatic Expression

Chapter 9: Treatment of Personality Patterns and Relational Disturbances

Chapter 10: Formulation and Modification of Unified Treatment Packages

Author Bio

Magnavita2Jeffrey 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 ABBP 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 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. He is the creator and producer of a video series Psychotherapists Fact-to-Face, a production of the Division of Psychotherapy.


09116 Psychology, Jack Anchin, PortraitJack C. Anchin, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY at Buffalo and a clinical psychologist engaged in the 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. 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 is an Associate Editor of the American Psychological Association (APA) Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and has 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 journalPsychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. With Dr. Jeffrey J. 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.

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