THE FEMINIST/EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY PRACTICE MODEL: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH FOR COUPLE THERAPY

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a well-developed, empirically tested practice model for couple therapy that integrates systems, experiential, and attachment theories. Feminist family therapy theory has provided a critique of biased assumptions about gender at play in traditional family therapy...

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Published in:Journal of marital and family therapy, Vol. 27, No. 1 (2001), p. 0
Main Author: Vatcher, Carole-Anne (Author)
Other Involved Persons: Bogo, Marion
Format: electronic Article
Published: Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2001
ISSN:1752-0606
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2001.tb01140.x
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  • Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a well-developed, empirically tested practice model for couple therapy that integrates systems, experiential, and attachment theories. Feminist family therapy theory has provided a critique of biased assumptions about gender at play in traditional family therapy practice and the historical absence of discussions of power in family therapy theory. This article presents an integrated feminist/EFT practice model for use in couple therapy, using a case from practice to illustrate key concepts. Broadly, the integrated model addresses gender roles and individual emotional experience using a systemic framework for understanding couple interaction. The model provides practitioners with a sophisticated, comprehensive, and relevant practice approach for working with the issues and challenges emerging for contemporary heterosexual couples.