A task analysis of the withdrawer re-engagement event in emotionally focused couples therapy
A discovery-oriented task analysis was conducted to delineate what therapist interventions, behaviors, and responses and client emotional processes are involved in successful withdrawer re-engagement in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT is an empirically validated approach to treating couples. Withdrawer re-engagement is seen as a key element of the change process in EFT; yet limited research is available as to how the process is facilitated in session. Seven videotaped samples of successful withdrawer re-engagement were critically examined using task analytic methods. Therapist interventions and client emotional experiencing were assessed using the Emotion Focused Therapy Coding Scheme (EFT-CS) and the Experiencing Scale (EXP). Implications for future research, clinical practice, and training are discussed.