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




About the Author

Brent Bradley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Family Therapy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and president of The Couple Zone ( Dr. Bradley is a certified emotionally focused couple therapist, supervisor, and trainer. 


James Furrow, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Furrow is executive director of the Los Angeles Center for EFT and a certified emotionally focused couple therapist, supervisor, and trainer.




Table of contents


Part I: Essentials of Emotionally Focused Therapy

Chapter 1: The Basics of Emotionally Focused Therapy

Chapter 2: Understanding the Power of Emotion in Relationships

Chapter 3: Organizing Your Emotional World

Chapter 4: Identifying the Three Levels of Emotional Experience


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

Chapter 5: Finding Common Patterns of Conflict

Chapter 6: Finding Common Roles in Conflict

Chapter 7: Working Toward Fighting Less and Feeling Better


Part III: Finding Intimacy in New Ways

Chapter 8: Seeing through Withdrawing Eyes

Chapter 9: Seeing through Pursuing Eyes

Chapter 10: Facing Fears and Finding Each Other

Chapter 11: Overcoming Common Blocks

Chapter 12: Dealing with Infidelity


Part IV: Moving Forward Together

Chapter 13: Finding New Solutions to Old Problems

Chapter 14: Securing Your Future

Chapter 15: Working with a Couple Therapist


Part V: The Part of Tens

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

Chapter 17: Ten Rituals to Bring You Closer

Chapter 18: Ten Myths about Emotion and Relationships

Chapter 19: Ten Myths about Sex


Appendix: Resources


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