Multiple Theories Influenced The Development Of My Personal Model And Therapeutic Approach For Couples And Families

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multiple theories have influenced the development of my personal model and therapeutic approach to couples and families. Three theories in particular that I draw my therapeutic approach from includes: narrative therapy, emotionally focused couple’s therapy, and attachment theory. I will articulate the theoretical underpinnings of these three theories and integrate them in one cohesive personal model called Emotional Enhanced Attachment Narrative Therapy. This paper will discuss my approach in regards to the theoretical/philosophical assumptions, clinical applications, and final reflections of my personal model. Theoretical/Philosophical Assumptions Emotional Enhanced Attachment Narrative Therapy stems from principles of narrative therapy (White & Epston, 1990), emotionally focused couple’s therapy (Johnson, 1998), and attachment theory (Bowlby, 1969). My model focuses on the emotional and cognitive processes of family members as influenced by their personal narratives and “attachment organization” (Wittenborn, 2012). The emphasis of therapy is to help couples and families be cognizant and explain their emotions as it relates to their attachment styles. Through cognitive processing of emotional experiences, clients can openly describe their emotions and provide a rich narrative of their personal perspectives. Sociopolitical ideas, cultural beliefs, family expectations, and personal assumptions are taken into account as it influences problem-saturated stories and

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