Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Training Emotionally Focused Couples Therapists

  • Sue M. JohnsonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_667


Over the last 30 years, emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT) has moved to the forefront of couple interventions. This has occurred for three main reasons. First, it is arguably the first couple therapy to be based on a rich, deep, empirically validated science of close relationships that offers a map to the nature of relationship problems and to repair (Johnson 2004, 2013). Second, from the beginning, it was based on systematic research that focused on documenting both outcomes and key elements in the process of change (Lebow et al. 2012; Greenman and Johnson 2013). Emotionally focused therapy has been shown to positively impact relationship satisfaction, intimacy, trust, forgiveness of injuries, sexual satisfaction, depressive and PTSD symptomatology, attachment behaviors, and the security of attachment in distressed couples, as well as influencing the way individual partners’ brains respond to threat in a brain scan study. Third, since the early 1990s, the training...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, The University of OttawaOttawaCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA