Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 261–270 | Cite as

Relationship Problems and Military Related PTSD: The Case for Using Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

  • Adrian J. Blow
  • Ansley Fraser Curtis
  • Andrea K. Wittenborn
  • Lisa Gorman
Original Paper


In this paper, the authors argue that effective couple interventions are important for the military given the impact deployment-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has on couple relationships. The authors review the literature on military relationships and how PTSD, in particular, is problematic for these relationships. The authors then review evidence based couple therapy interventions targeting military couples and argue that Emotionally Focused Therapy is an ideally suited means of working with these couples as they face PTSD.


Couple therapy Marital therapy Military couples PTSD Emotionally focused therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian J. Blow
    • 1
  • Ansley Fraser Curtis
    • 2
  • Andrea K. Wittenborn
    • 3
  • Lisa Gorman
    • 4
  1. 1.Couple and Family Therapy Program, Department of Human Development and Family StudiesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Providence Service Corporation, Catalyst ProgramSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Couple and Family Therapy Program, Department of Human Development and Family StudiesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  4. 4.Michigan Public Health InstituteOkemosUSA

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