A1 Journal article (refereed)
Impact of repeating somatic cues on the depth of experiencing for withdrawers and pursuers in emotionally focused couple therapy (2022)


Kailanko, S., Wiebe, S. A., Tasca, G. A., & Laitila, A. A. (2022). Impact of repeating somatic cues on the depth of experiencing for withdrawers and pursuers in emotionally focused couple therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 48(3), 693-708. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12544


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Publication details

All authors or editorsKailanko, Sari; Wiebe, Stephanie A.; Tasca, Giorgio A.; Laitila, Aarno A.

Journal or seriesJournal of Marital and Family Therapy

ISSN0194-472X

eISSN1752-0606

Publication year2022

Publication date01/08/2021

Volume48

Issue number3

Pages range693-708

PublisherWiley-Blackwell

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12544

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77267


Abstract

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, an experiential modality, views emotion central to therapeutic change. In this exploratory study, we examined therapists' repetition of somatically focused interventions (therapist verbalizing somatic cues, such as facial expressions) and their impact on clients' emotional experiencing in-session. We also assessed difference for withdrawing versus pursuing partners. The sample included 13 EFT therapists who worked with one couple each for a single session. From transcripts we coded therapists' repetition of somatically focused interventions and clients' depth of experiencing pre-and post-intervention. Multilevel modeling demonstrated that a higher number of repetitions of somatically focused interventions predicted greater increase in depth of experiencing, unlike length of time spent repeating interventions. Somatically focused interventions resulted in greater increase in depth of experiencing for withdrawing as compared to pursuing partners. The results of this exploratory study suggest that such interventions may be a specific technique of EFT therapists that enhances emotional experiencing especially among withdrawing partners.


Keywordscouples therapyemotion-focused therapy for couplesemotionsa posteriori

Free keywordscouple therapy; experiential modality; emotions


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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating1


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