The Practice of Emotionally Focused Marital Therapy: Creating Connection / Edition 1

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This work serves as a clear, cogent description of the process of emotionally focused marital therapy (EFT) - which, at the same time, illuminates the promise this technique offers. While most of the literature in this area is based on the idea of intervention being primarily behavioral (with emotion considered as secondary at best, and disruptive at worst) this book identifies the role of emotion in marital distress, and then reveals its potential to play a central role in successful marital therapy. The Practice of Emotionally Focused Marital Therapy includes: A model for short-term, effective marital therapy Relevant theory of adult love and marital stress Change strategies with many clinical examples Nine steps in the process of change, together with key change events Step-by-step guide to intervention at specific points in therapy Specific ways to address a partners emotions to create new interactions and bonding events Applications of techniques with families This important new volume presents EFT as apowerful therapeutic technique for practicing professionals, and also serves as an instructive graduate-level text for courses in marital therapy, psychology, social work, and counselling.

Incl. model for effective short term therapy, theories of marital stress, applications of recommended steps in therapy

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An approach to marital therapy putting love and emotion back into the process and describing techniques to use emotionally focused marital therapy (EFT) as a model for short-term counseling. Johnson (psychology and psychiatry, U. of Ottawa) outlines nine steps in the change process, pointing out intervention points and specific ways to address emotion to create new interactions between couples. These therapeutic applications are described within the context of actual therapy sessions, substantiated by relevant theories, and integrated into an internally focused method that results in behavioral change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876308172
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Series: Basic Principles into Practice Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Marital Therapy and EFT 1
2 Self and System in Attachment Contexts: The EFT Philosophy 17
3 Expanding Experience and Shaping Dances: Basic Therapist Skills in EFT 33
4 Assessment - Making Maps and Listening to Music: EFT Steps 1 and 2 73
5 Changing the Music: EFT Steps 3 and 4 91
6 Facing the Dragon: EFT Steps 5 and 6 107
7 Emotional Engagement: EFT Step 7 and Change Events 129
8 A Secure Base: EFT Steps 8 and 9 143
9 Bumps on the Path: Clinical Questions and Answers 155
10 Applying Emotionally Focused Interventions in a Family Context 183
11 The Peanut Butter Incident: An EFT Session 199
Epilogue 219
References 221
Name Index 229
Subject Index 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000


    Clear, concise, sensible, realistic. This type of therapy addresses exactly what is missing from more traditional models. Based on attachment theory, this approach eloquently speaks to the most basic of human drives. The beauty of this is that, as long as one knows how to read attachment behaviors in different cultures, this type of therapy transcends culture. This is one of the most useful and thrilling books I have read.

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