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Conceptual and application issues: Emotionally Focused Therapy with gay male couples.
  • Robert Allan, university of colorado denver
  • Susan M Johnson, University of Ottawa
Therapists working with couples are likely to see gay male couples in their practice yet there is a lack of training to prepare therapists to work with gay couples. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically supported approach to couples therapy and offers a clear structure and map for working with gay male couples. This article reviews some of the issues that are specific to EFT work with gay men. Given the range of minority stressors that gay men contend with EFT is particularly appropriate for work with gay male couples because of the focus on the attachment bond. Building a secure relationship is an important source of resilience that can buffer against prejudice and discrimination and provide a secure base for individual and couple exploration.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy; couples therapy; gay men; marriage and family therapy; gay male couples; couples counseling; minority stress
Publication Date
Winter November 11, 2016
Citation Information
Robert Allan and Susan M Johnson. "Conceptual and application issues: Emotionally Focused Therapy with gay male couples." JOURNAL OF COUPLE & RELATIONSHIP THERAPY (2016) ISSN: 1533-2691
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