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Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies

Brent Bradley, James Furrow

ISBN: 978-1-118-51240-1 July 2013 368 Pages




A practical, down-to-earth guide to using the world's most successful approach to couple therapy

One of the most successful therapeutic approaches to healing dysfunctional relationships, emotionally focused couple therapy provides clients with powerful insights into how and why they may be suppressing their emotions and teaches them practical ways to deal with those feelings more constructively for improved relationships. Unlike cognitive-behavioural therapy, which provides effective short-term coping skills, emotionally focused therapy often is prescribed as a second-stage treatment for couples with lingering emotional difficulties. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy For Dummies introduces readers to this ground-breaking therapy, offering simple, proven strategies and tools for dealing with problems with bonding, attachment and emotions, the universal cornerstones of healthy relationships.

  • An indispensable resource for readers who would like to manage their relationship problems independently through home study
  • Delivers powerful techniques for dealing with unpleasant emotions, rather than repressing them and for responding constructively to complex relationship issues
  • The perfect introduction to EFT basics for therapists considering expanding their practices to include emotionally focused therapy methods
  • Packed with fascinating and instructive case studies and examples of EFT in action, from the authors' case files
  • Provides valuable guidance on finding, selecting and working with the right EFT certified therapist
Introduction  1

Part I: Essentials of Emotionally Focused Therapy  5

Chapter 1: The Basics of Emotionally Focused Therapy 7

Chapter 2: Understanding the Power of Emotion in Relationships 17

Chapter 3: Organizing Your Emotional World 39

Chapter 4: Identifying the Three Levels of Emotional Experience 59

Part II: Emotionally Focused Therapy in Action: Moving from Problems to Patterns  73

Chapter 5: Finding Common Patterns of Conflict 75

Chapter 6: Finding Common Roles in Conflict 101

Chapter 7: Working Toward Fighting Less and Feeling Better 121

Part III: Finding Intimacy in New Ways  145

Chapter 8: Seeing through Withdrawing Eyes 147

Chapter 9: Seeing through Pursuing Eyes 159

Chapter 10: Facing Fears and Finding Each Other 171

Chapter 11: Overcoming Common Blocks 185

Chapter 12: Dealing with Infidelity 207

Part IV: Moving Forward Together  229

Chapter 13: Finding New Solutions to Old Problems 231

Chapter 14: Securing Your Future 255

Chapter 15: Working with a Couple Therapist 271

Part V: The Part of Tens  285

Chapter 16: Ten Questions to Ask a Therapist Before You Make an Appointment 287

Chapter 17: Ten Rituals to Bring You Closer293

Chapter 18: Ten Myths about Emotion and Relationships 301

Chapter 19: Ten Myths about Sex 309

Appendix: Resources  317

Index  321