Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Stabilization in Emotion-Focused Therapy

  • Rhonda N. GoldmanEmail author
  • Irene C. Wise
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_205

Name of Strategy or Intervention



Consolidation and integration


Stabilization in emotion-focused therapy for couples (EFT-C) occurs during the final phase of therapy and is more descriptively referred to as consolidation and integration* (Greenberg and Goldman 2008). In this phase, the EFT-C therapist fosters the emergence of new and positive interactional cycles between the couple and consolidates new relational patterns. Before the couple can reach the consolidation and integration phase, they would have become aware of the feelings underlying their negative relational cycle. Additionally, each person would have expressed his or her vulnerable emotions to each other along with associated needs and partners would have in turn received and validated each other’s core feelings and needs. Essentially, each partner would have experienced the regulation of negative affect through their new positive relational pattern, by self-soothing, or both. By the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam R. Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA