Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Name of the Strategy
Emotionally focused couple therapy.
Emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT) is an approach to couple therapy that helps create attachment security in relationships by guiding partners to explore and share with one another their core attachment-related emotions and needs. EFT conceptualizes the negative interaction patterns between partners in distressed couple relationships and the associated strong negative emotions as arising from emotional disconnection and an insecure attachment bond. Core, primary attachment-related emotions are often blocked from awareness and expression in distressed couple relationships by protective reactions such as numbing due to the triggering of attachment-related fears. In EFT, couples are encouraged to explore core primary attachment-related emotions and needs as they arise in the therapy session and express these to their partner. Partners are then encouraged to tune into their...
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