Title

The Experience of Learning Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Keywords

Couples, therapy, emotional learning

Abstract

This study examined the process of learning Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) as reported by 122 EFT therapists and therapists‐in‐training. Participants completed an online questionnaire assessing their experiences of learning EFT, with particular emphasis on EFT theory, alliance, interventions, perceived impact on clients, and impact on self. Findings suggest that therapists are drawn to the attachment‐based model of EFT, appreciate the EFT framework and structure, that clients endorse the usefulness of the model and that learning the model has contributed to personal healing and improved relationships for the trainees. Results also show that the transition to EFT from another model can be taxing and requires time, support, and additional supervision/training to increase comfort level and competency with EFT. Nevertheless, results also highlight that learning EFT can be a rewarding and worthwhile endeavor.

Original Publication Citation

Sandberg, J.G. (2011). Introduction to the Special Section on Learning Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(4), 377-379.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011-09-26

Publisher

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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