Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Videotape Reviews -- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples: Restructuring Attachments

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Videotape Reviews -- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples: Restructuring Attachments

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Susan Johnson's videotape, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples: Restructuring Attachments, does an excellent job of exemplifying the treatment model presented in Greenberg and Johnson's (1988) book Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. This is an innovative treatment model that integrates aspects of experiential and systems-oriented family therapies. It has developed an impressive research base to support its effectiveness.

The videotape begins with a theoretical overview of emotionally focused therapy (EFT). Susan Johnson discusses the primary interactional sequences found in distressed couples, the relationship of emotion and interaction, and the goals of EFT. This section is rather brief and does not address the issues sufficiently for someone who has not read Greenberg and Johnson (1988). I recommend that viewers read this book prior to or in conjunction with the use of this videotape in order to develop a solid theoretical understanding of the method.

The real strength and major focus of this videotape is a longitudinal case study which presents Susan Johnson conducting EFT with a distressed couple. …

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