Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for couples is considered a leading approach in the treatment of relational distress . EFT is well established in terms of its efficacy and innovative application to the life challenges faced by partners in long-term relationships (Lebow, Chambers, Christensen, & Johnson, in press) . It remains one of only two couple therapies recognized as empirically supported treatments (Chambless & Ollendick, 2001; Lebow et al ., in press) .