Attachment theory (Bowlby, 1988) and contextual therapy (Boszormenyi-Nagy and Krasner, 1986) have conceptual commonalities relative to dialogue, trust, and creating new relational realities (Diamond, Siqueland and Diamond, 2003; Greenberg and Johnson, 2010; Hughes, 2007). Linking Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) (Greenberg and Johnson, 2010) and contextual therapy has also been conceptually proposed for couples therapy (Lyness, 2003). Both EFT and contextual therapy centre trust and dialogue as primary relational resources for change (Boszormenyi-Nagy and Krasner, 1986; Greenberg and Johnson, 2010). This article suggests integrating EFT and contextual therapy within couples therapy. A proposed integrated couples therapy model outlines EFT process steps and contextual therapy principles. Rationale for integration and suggested interventions are discussed. Case studies of two examples of this integrated couples therapy are included for illustration.
Journal of Family Therapy 0, 1–2
Coppola, J. (2019). An integrated EFT-contextual approach for couples therapy: suggested model and ideas for practice. <p>Journal of Family Therapy 0, 1–2</p>