Learning Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Four Clinicians' Perspectives

Chance A. Bell, Wayne H. Denton, Gloria Martin, Adam D. Coffey, Clyde O. Hanks, Connie S. Cornwell, Jacob B. Priest

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This study examined the experiences of four clinicians learning emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT). Two group interviews, separated by 6 years, explored topics that included emotion, gender, model differences, personal practitioner impact, and the long-term influence of EFT training on clinical work. Emotion emerged as a major theme, with three subthemes at each phase. Phase 1 results indicated an increase in personal awareness of emotions, a positive impact on close personal relationships, and challenges for males in learning to elicit and use emotion. Phase 2 results, 6 years later, revealed that focusing on emotions remained salient and that EFT continues to influence the work of each clinician to varying degrees. Limitations, future research suggestions, and clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 17 2017


  • emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
  • evidence-based couple therapies
  • teaching/training/supervising in couple and marital therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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