Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy is the definitive manual for applying the effectiveness of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) to the complexities of family life.

The book sets out a theoretical framework for mental health professionals to enhance their conceptualization of family dynamics, considering a broad range of presenting problems and family groups. The first section applies EFT theory and principles to the practice of family therapy. The second section explicates the process of EFT and examines the interventions associated with the EFT approach to families. In the final section, the authors provide case examples of emotionally focused family therapy (EFFT) practice, with chapters on traumatic loss, stepfamilies, externalizing disorders, and internalizing disorders.

Integrating up-to-date research with clinical transcripts and case examples throughout, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy is a must-read for therapists looking to promote the development and renewal of family relationships using the principles of EFT.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Bibliography

EFFT Articles and Book Chapters

Jim Furrow 


  • Bloch, L. & Guillory, P. T.  (2011) The attachment frame is the thing: Emotion-focused family therapy in adolescence, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 10, 229-245.

  • Efron, D. (2004). The use of emotionally focused family therapy in a children’s mental health center. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 23(3),78–90. doi:10.1521/jsyt.

  • Efron, D., & Bradley, B. (2007). Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and emotionally focused family therapy (EFFT): A challenge/opportunity for systemic and post-systemic therapists. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26(4),1–4. doi:10.1521/jsyt.2007.26.4.1

  • Furrow, J. L., & Palmer, G. (2007).  EFFT and blended families: Building bonds from the inside out.  Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26, 44-58.  

  • Hirschfeld, M. R. & Wittenborn, A. K., (2016).  Emotionally focused family therapy and play therapy with children whose parents are divorced. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 57 (2), 133- 150.  

  • Johnson, S. M. (2004).  The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy:  Creating Connection, 2nd Ed.  New York:  Brunner-Routledge.  

  • Johnson, S. M.  Maddeaux, C., & Blouin, J. (1998).  Emotionally focused family therapy for bulimia:  Changing attachment patterns.  Psychotherapy, 35, 238-247.  

  • Palmer, G. & Efron, D. (2007).  Emotion Focused Family Therapy:  Developing the model.             Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26, 17-24.

  • Schade, L. C. (2013).  Non-suicidal Self-injury (NSSI):  A case for using emotionally focused family therapy.  Contemporary Family Therapy, 35 (3),DOI: 10.1007/s10591-013-9236-8

  • Stavrianopoulos, K., Faller, G., & Furrow, J. L. (2014). Emotionally focused family therapy: Facilitating change within a family system. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy13(1), 25-43.

  • Willis, A. B., Haslam, D. R., & Bermudez, J. M. (2016).  Harnessing the power of play in emotionally focused family therapy.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42(4),673 – 687.  doi: 10.1111/jmft.12160

  • Wittenborn, A. K., Faber, A. J., Harvey, A. M., & Thomas, V. K. (2006). Emotionally focused family therapy and play therapy techniques. The American Journal of Family Therapy34(4), 333-342.


  • Furrow, J. L. & Palmer, G. (2011). Emotionally focused therapy for remarried couples:  Making new connections and facing competing attachments.  In J. Furrow, S. Johnson, and B. Bradley (Eds.) The EFT Casebook:  New directions in treating couples. New York, NY:  Routledge.

  • Furrow, J. L. & Palmer, G. (2018) Emotionally focused family therapy.  In the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer.

  • Furrow, J. L., Bradley, B., & Johnson, S. M. (2004).  Emotion focused family therapy with complex family systems.  In V. Bengston, A. Acock, K. Allen, P. Dilworth Anderson, & D. Klien (Eds.). Sourcebook of family theory and research. (pp. 220–222). Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.   

  • Johnson, S. M. & Lee, A. (1999). Emotionally focused family therapy: Restructuring attachment.  In C. E. Bailey (Ed.), Children in therapy:  Using family as a resource, (pp.112-136). New York:  Guilford Press.  

  • Johnson, S. M., Bradley, B., Furrow, J., Lee, A., Palmer, G., Tilley, D., & Wooley, S. (2005). Becoming an emotionally focused couple therapist:  The workbook.  New York: Brunner-Routledge. 

  • Stavrianopoulos, K., (2019).  Emotionally focused family therapy: Rebuilding family bonds. Online First.  DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.84320