Unified therapy (Allen, 1988, 1991) is an eight-stage approach to the treatment of neurologically intact adults between the ages of 21 and late midlife who exhibit repetitive self-destructive behavior, chronic affective symptomatology, or long-term overt family discord. These three phenomena are seen as three separate manifestations of the same underlying process. All three are assumed to be present and occurring simultaneously, even if one or two of them are covert and/or unacknowledged at the time patients first present themselves for therapy. Therapy is done with one individual, but aims to impact both the individual and his or her family system in such a way as to make any divergence between the interests of the two converge. The theory behind unified therapy can be adapted for use in family and couples therapy, as well as for other age groups; that will not be discussed here.
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