Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies

by Brent Bradley, James Furrow


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A practical, down-to-earth guide to using the world's most successful approach to couple therapy

One of the most successful therapeutic approaches to healing dysfunctional relationships, emotionally focused couple therapy provides clients with powerful insights into how and why they may be suppressing their emotions and teaches them practical ways to deal with those feelings more constructively for improved relationships. Unlike cognitive-behavioural therapy, which provides effective short-term coping skills, emotionally focused therapy often is prescribed as a second-stage treatment for couples with lingering emotional difficulties. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies introduces readers to this ground-breaking therapy, offering simple, proven strategies and tools for dealing with problems with bonding, attachment and emotions, the universal cornerstones of healthy relationships.

  • An indispensable resource for readers who would like to manage their relationship problems independently through home study
  • Delivers powerful techniques for dealing with unpleasant emotions, rather than repressing them and for responding constructively to complex relationship issues
  • The perfect introduction to EFT basics for therapists considering expanding their practices to include emotionally focused therapy methods
  • Packed with fascinating and instructive case studies and examples of EFT in action, from the authors' case files
  • Provides valuable guidance on finding, selecting and working with the right EFT certified therapist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118512319
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 212,352
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Brent Bradley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Family Therapy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and president of The Couple Zone (www.couplezone.org). Dr. Bradley is a certified emotionally focused couple therapist, supervisor, and trainer. James Furrow, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Furrow is executive director of the Los Angeles Center for EFT and a certified emotionally focused couple therapist, supervisor, and trainer.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: Essentials of Emotionally Focused Therapy  5

Chapter 1: The Basics of Emotionally Focused Therapy 7

Chapter 2: Understanding the Power of Emotion in Relationships 17

Chapter 3: Organizing Your Emotional World 39

Chapter 4: Identifying the Three Levels of Emotional Experience 59

Part II: Emotionally Focused Therapy in Action: Moving from Problems to Patterns  73

Chapter 5: Finding Common Patterns of Conflict 75

Chapter 6: Finding Common Roles in Conflict 101

Chapter 7: Working Toward Fighting Less and Feeling Better 121

Part III: Finding Intimacy in New Ways  145

Chapter 8: Seeing through Withdrawing Eyes 147

Chapter 9: Seeing through Pursuing Eyes 159

Chapter 10: Facing Fears and Finding Each Other 171

Chapter 11: Overcoming Common Blocks 185

Chapter 12: Dealing with Infidelity 207

Part IV: Moving Forward Together  229

Chapter 13: Finding New Solutions to Old Problems 231

Chapter 14: Securing Your Future 255

Chapter 15: Working with a Couple Therapist 271

Part V: The Part of Tens  285

Chapter 16: Ten Questions to Ask a Therapist Before You Make an Appointment 287

Chapter 17: Ten Rituals to Bring You Closer293

Chapter 18: Ten Myths about Emotion and Relationships 301

Chapter 19: Ten Myths about Sex 309

Appendix: Resources  317

Index  321

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Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kim_Blackham More than 1 year ago
Excellent resource!  The authors do an exceptional job explaining how we get stuck in relationships and offer practical ways to reconnect.  Highly recommend. 
Chaz2 More than 1 year ago
This is a very practical, down to earth, easy to understand book that is useful for the general public and therapists alike. If you are or know someone who is struggling in their relationship, this will explain the dynamics of what is going on and very likely show you the way to the light at the end of the tunnel.