chapter  Eight
17 Pages

Consolidating Security in the Family System

WithJames L. Furrow, Gail Palmer, Susan M. Johnson, George Faller, Lisa Palmer-Olsen

This chapter focuses on the unique ways the emotionally focused therapy (EFT) therapist instills greater confidence in the felt security a family has attained. The EFT therapist focuses on helping the family articulate new confidence in attachment relationships and take steps to increase this felt security. In EFT attachment rituals are used to help couples to symbolize their investment in maintaining and deepening the felt security of their relationship. EFT interventions used in the consolidation stage focus primarily on processing client experience and guiding family conversations in the treatment session. Couples and families may also benefit from EFT-related enrichment programs designed to strengthen attachment bonds in couples and families. Family rituals provide resources that promote healthy development across the life span. The therapist promotes opportunities for family members to explore growth as they face past problems and to engage new meaning through the new experiences they have as a family.