Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is an evidence0based therapy model. It has been viewed as an empirical approach to couple therapy, and it has lasting treatment effects (Johnson, 2004; Greenman & Johnson, 2013). However, Greenman and Johnson (2013) also argued that there is still a lack of research concerning the EFT process. This study focuses on connections between theory and practice by analyzing the EFT process. Recursive Frame Analysis (RFA), a tool developed by Chenail and Keeney to map therapeutic conversation (Chenail, 1993; Chenail, 1995; Keeney, 1987), is used here as a research method to examine Sue Johnson’s use of EFT interventions and techniques to delivering EFT theory in the educational DVD titled, “Emotionally Focused Therapy in Action” (Johnson, 2011). Specifically, this study analyzes the conversational movement within and between the EFT stages and steps, to examine interventions and techniques related to interactional patterns, emotions, and attachment. It is a descriptive research. An analysis of the DVD session illustrates Johnson’s skills in using systemic interventions, experiential interventions, and attachment interventions and techniques linking EFT theories to practice. The skills of how and when to use specific interventions and techniques, as informed by a language perspective, can be very beneficial for therapists’ better understanding of the transitions and flows between EFT theories and practice. In addition, the researcher found that RFA as a research methodology is well-suited to analyzing an EFT session.


Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), EFT Interventions, Process, Recursive Frame Analysis (RFA)

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