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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT): A Challenge/Opportunity for Systemic and Post-Systemic Therapists

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT): A... Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2007, pp. 1­4 DON EFRON, M.S.W. BRENT BRADLEY, PH.D. CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) may present some challenges for systemic and post-systemic therapists. EFT's focus on the use of emotion in the room is off the map of many solution focused or narrative therapists. Also, its emphasis on attachment theory as the key to change can be a hurdle, especially for therapists unfamiliar with attachment theory. Another challenge for some systemic and post-systemic therapists is that EFT therapists are committed to an attachment lens to understand the behavioral cycles of couples and families. EFT therapists will work to keep an attachment perspective and focus in-session. This places them in a different therapeutic stance than the narrative or solution focused therapist's constructionist position. Some may say, for example, that when therapists believe that there is a central reason for the behavior they see, such as deep attachment needs which are not being met, they are operating more from a "modernistic" stance than a "postmodern" constructionist stance. The EFT therapist's role is not to lead the family or couple toward all possible paths that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Systemic Therapies Guilford Press

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT): A Challenge/Opportunity for Systemic and Post-Systemic Therapists

Journal of Systemic Therapies , Volume 26 (4) – Dec 1, 2007

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1195-4396
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10.1521/jsyt.2007.26.4.1
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Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2007, pp. 1­4 DON EFRON, M.S.W. BRENT BRADLEY, PH.D. CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) may present some challenges for systemic and post-systemic therapists. EFT's focus on the use of emotion in the room is off the map of many solution focused or narrative therapists. Also, its emphasis on attachment theory as the key to change can be a hurdle, especially for therapists unfamiliar with attachment theory. Another challenge for some systemic and post-systemic therapists is that EFT therapists are committed to an attachment lens to understand the behavioral cycles of couples and families. EFT therapists will work to keep an attachment perspective and focus in-session. This places them in a different therapeutic stance than the narrative or solution focused therapist's constructionist position. Some may say, for example, that when therapists believe that there is a central reason for the behavior they see, such as deep attachment needs which are not being met, they are operating more from a "modernistic" stance than a "postmodern" constructionist stance. The EFT therapist's role is not to lead the family or couple toward all possible paths that

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Published: Dec 1, 2007

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