The Experience of Learning EFT in Spanish‐speaking Countries: A Multi‐National Replication Study


emotionally focused couples therapy, EFT, Spanish-speaking country, Spanish language, therapy


This study is a multi‐national follow‐up to the original (Sandberg and Knestel (2011) Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 393–410) article on the process of learning Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). A total of 102 clinicians from nine Spanish‐speaking countries (Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and El Salvador) participated in the study. A comparison of results across the two studies revealed more similarities than differences. However, a few notable differences emerged from responses to qualitative questions, namely a heightened sense of appreciation for and resonance with the focus on core emotion in EFT and less frequent reports of difficulty learning and adapting to the model among Spanish‐speaking therapists. These differences were consistent with common cultural values and forms of expression in Latin America and Spain. Results are discussed in terms of training, supervision, and future research as well.

Original Publication Citation

Sandberg, J. G., Rodríguez‐González, M., Pereyra, S., Lybbert, R., Perez, L., & Willis, K. (2020). The experience of learning eft in spanish‐speaking countries: A multi‐national replication study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46(2), 256-271.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Journal of Marital and Family Therapy




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

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Full Professor