From Head to Heart: A Report on Clinicians’ Perceptions of the Impact of Learning Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy on Their Personal and Professional Lives
emotionally focused couples therapy, training
The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the impact learning emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT) has on the personal and professional lives of clinicians. One hundred twenty-four clinicians answered open-ended questions regarding changes brought about by EFT training including the integration of EFT into previous models of therapy, shifts in the actual practice of therapy, and growth in personal relationships outside of therapy. Participants described specific, welcome changes in their approach to therapy (slowing down, focusing on emotion, demonstrating more empathy and caring), as well as the difficulty of learning a structured, emotionally focused approach to couple work that required major changes for experienced therapists. In addition, participants highlighted unexpected yet positive growth in their most significant family and friend relationships. Results from the study suggest that the process of learning and practicing a model of therapy, EFT in this case, can play an important role in a therapist's professional and personal development.
Original Publication Citation
Sandberg, J.G., Knestel, A., & Schade, L. (2013). From Head to Heart: A report on clinicians’ perceptions of the impact of learning Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy on their personal and professional lives. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 38-57.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Knestal, Andrea; and Schade, Lori Kay, "From Head to Heart: A Report on Clinicians’ Perceptions of the Impact of Learning Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy on Their Personal and Professional Lives" (2013). Faculty Publications. 2400.
Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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