Attachment in action-changing the face of 21st century couple therapy.


International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (ICEEFT), Canada; Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology - University of Ottawa, Canada; Alliant University, San Diego, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


The field of couple therapy-one of the most widely sought and practiced modality of therapy-has been revolutionized by the emergence of attachment science in the 21st century. We now understand not only the centrality of close relationships for human health and wellbeing, but also that the key to a healthy happy relationship is a secure attachment bond. Emotionally Focused Therapy is an attachment-based approach that aims to help couples create a secure attachment bond. Several outcome studies have shown that EFT helps to not only alleviate relationship distress but individual co-morbidities as well, with positive follow-up effects. EFT appears to help couples not only improve their relationships but also access the optimal resilience and wellbeing secure attachment allows.

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