Integrating EMDR and EFT to treat trauma in couple therapy: A literature review
In this paper, we present a literature review on integrating Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to treat trauma in couple therapy. Both are highly effective therapeutic models (one mainly used for individual trauma treatment and the other for strengthening attachment bonds in couples) that have gained significant traction and ample empirical support in the last three decades. Mental health therapists are increasingly experimenting with integrating these two models and have found that they can complement each other well; however, their integration is not well understood due to scant literature. Thus, we include research findings, clinical case examples, and theoretical discussions to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the state of affairs on integrating these two models. We hope that this paper will highlight prior and existing practices and inspire clinicians to consider the clinical potential of integrating EFT and EMDR to increase effective therapy for couples affected by trauma.
Original Work Citation
Lidnera, J. N., Niño, A., Negash, S., & Espinoza, S.(2021, August). Integrating EMDR and EFT to treat trauma in couple therapy: A literature review. Lidnera, J. N., Niño, A., Negash, S., & Espinoza, S.
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