Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Client-Therapist System in Integrative Problem Centered and Integrative Systemic Therapy

  • William M. PinsofEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_917


The Integrative Problem Centered (Pinsof 1995) and Integrative Systemic Therapy (Pinsof et al. 2017) perspectives define the therapeutic playing field as consisting of the client system and the therapist system, which together constitute the therapy system. This entry explains the derivation, the meaning, and rationale for these concepts.

The Client System

Since the 1970s, as the integrative movement emerged in psychotherapy, the movement’s primary concern has been intra-modality integration – primarily integrating individual psychotherapy models. There have also been intra-modality forays in couple therapy and family therapy (Breunlin et al. 1992, 1997). Pinsof (1983, 1995) was the first integrative theorist to encompass inter-modality as well as intra-modality integration, initially bringing together individual and family (including couple) therapies (1983) and later integrating them with biological therapies (1995).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pinsof Family Systems, LLCChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA