Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Physical Health in Couples and Families

  • Paul S. GreenmanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_899

Name of Concept

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Physical Health

Synonyms

Emotionally focused therapy for couples, EFT

Introduction

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) is an experiential, systemic intervention designed to improve relationship quality and satisfaction by creating a secure attachment bond between partners (Johnson 2004). It is recognized as an effective, empirically supported treatment for distress in couple relationships (Wiebe and Johnson 2016). There is also a body of process research on EFT, which informs clinicians about what to do in therapy with couples, when, and how (Greenman and Johnson 2013). The results of process research also provide information on the type of client experiences (e.g., emotional reactions, changes in relationship positions) that therapists need to foster in order to effect positive change.

Practitioners have recently begun conducting EFT outside of the traditional marriage-counseling context. It has made its way into medical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université du Québec en OutaouaisGatineauCanada
  2. 2.Institut du Savior MontfortOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Ottawa Couple and Family InstituteOttawaCanada

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