The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection

The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection

The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection

The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection

Synopsis

A revolution is occurring in the field of couple therapy. Thanks, in part, to Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), our understanding of the importance of close relationships and how they become distressed, our ability to intervene effectively and outline the process of change, and our ability to explain the processes that define adult love have now reached the point where we can truly talk about couple therapy as an art and a science, based on description, prediction and explanation. The beginning couple therapist no longer has to accept the idea that the process of repairing love relationships is a nebulous and random affair. In this second edition of The Practice of Emotionally Focused Marital Therapy, Susan M. Johnson brings up to date the EFT clinical road-map that she provided in the original and highly regarded 1996 edition. The new edition includes the latest clinical research results, new case studies, a discussion of the growth of couple therapy as a field, and coverage of such new topics as EFT and post-traumatic stress disorder, EFT and forgiveness and reconciliation, and EFT and feminism. Suitable for use by graduate students and practicing mental health professionals alike, this comprehensive new edition confirms Johnson's place on the leading edge of marital therapy.

Excerpt

This book is a revision and updating of the 1996 book titled Emotionally Focused Marital Theory. It is intended to serve as the basic therapeutic manual for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). As in the first edition, there is also one chapter on Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT).

EFT has continued to grow and develop as a model of couple therapy. Outcome research has consistently validated the effectiveness of this model and its ability to create lasting change, even with high-risk populations. As in the 1996 edition, the theory of change, the process steps, and the interventions of EFT are described in detail, albeit with new clinical refinements included and improved descriptions.

In contrast to the 1996 book, the following sections have been added: EFT has been placed in the context of the revolution in couple therapy; adult attachment theory is growing astronomically and is described in more detail; a more extensive section has been added on emotion; empathy has also been described in more detail; attachment injuries and the method of working with them are also described; a second example has been added to the EFFT chapter; recent research on EFT-meta-analyses and process research is included; and lastly, a second session of EFT from a second case has been added at the end of the book. The essence of EFT, perhaps

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