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Power, A. (2020). My Questions about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and a Few Answers. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 14(1):23-41.

(2020). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 14(1):23-41

My Questions about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and a Few Answers Related Papers

Anne Power

This article provides a brief overview of emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT) along with some reservations about the method. The article considers questions and critiques which are often raised about the model and does so from the point of view of a practitioner new to the method, who has become convinced of the value of the approach whilst not wanting to jettison an object relations understanding. The segregation between different groups of attachment researchers and practitioners is noted. To provide variation I occasionally use the term “marital” but I do so loosely, referring to a couple bond rather than to a wedded pair. The systemic pattern between a pursuer and a withdrawer which is discussed here could refer to a same-sex or a heterosexual couple, despite the different gender alignments which operate in each case.

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