Facing Infertility Together: The Theory and Practice of Using Emotion Focused Therapy with Infertile Couples
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Shelly Smith-Acuña, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Deborah Fishman, Psy.D.
Third Committee Member
Lynett Henderson Metzger, J.D., Psy.D.
Couples, EFT, Clinical vignette, Infertility
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We know from the literature that about one out of every eight couples (12%) experiences issues with infertility, and infertility can have negative effects on individuals and couples. Consequently, there is a growing need to identify and understand effective treatments for working with this population. Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is one such treatment option. The purpose of this paper is to review the current infertility literature, outline EFT, and illustrate the clinical application of EFT with a couple facing infertility using a case vignette. It is proposed that EFT address the specific needs of this population and through shifting interaction patterns and deepening emotional bonds between partners, strengthens a couple’s ability to face the challenges of infertility as a united partnership.
LaHoda, Rachel, "Facing Infertility Together: The Theory and Practice of Using Emotion Focused Therapy with Infertile Couples" (2019). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 349.