Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Attachment Injury Resolution Model in Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Lorrie BrubacherEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_903




Emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT) is an empirically validated therapy (Wiebe and Johnson 2016) for increasing relationship satisfaction and creating secure bonds in distressed couple relationships. As an attachment-based, systemic, humanistic-experiential therapy, it places emotion in the forefront as the target and agent of change, making it particularly relevant for repairing interpersonal injuries. Johnson et al. (2001) first presented the construct of “attachment injury” to describe a particular type of interpersonal injury and delineated a model for resolving such injuries.

Johnson developed a model of forgiveness and resolution to address relationship traumas such as infidelity and other moments of betrayal or abandonment, defining an attachment injury(AI) as a specific relational incident where one partner violates the expectation that she/he will offer comfort and caring at a particular moment of urgent need. Attachment injuries emerge in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North CarolinaGreensboroUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorado State University, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA