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707 | Repairing the Marriage Bond: An Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Approach Following Infidelity

Pre-marital Counseling and Marriage Enrichment, Saturday 9/16 2:15 – 3:30, Workshop Tracks


Theresa Allen, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




Genesis provides an account of God’s creation of joining a man and a woman in covenantal marriage. This description established a sense of belonging, well-being, and safety for the man and woman through a unifying, secure attachment. While a biblical worldview defines the marriage union as sacred, eternal, and picturesque of Christ’s commitment to His Bride, infidelity shatters it. This traumatic blow to one’s perceived secure attachment often leaves both the offending and non-offending partners dealing with traumatic reactions, including depression, anxiety, hypervigilance, loneliness, shame, and despair. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) is an empirically-based treatment that has demonstrated positive outcomes in repairing attachment injury. This presentation will discuss the efficacy of utilizing EFCT as a spiritually integrated psychotherapy treatment for willing Christian couples recovering from infidelity. It will analyze the three stages of EFCT through a biblical lens, describe integrated interventions that are value-driven and structured for working with Christian couples who believe in this biblical worldview, and provide an attachment repair model for a therapist to be both clinically sound and spiritually attentive in recovery work with Christian couples.

Learning Objectives

1. Analyze statistical data on the domino repercussions of infidelity and analyze the biopsychosocial-spiritual risk factors of infidelity to examine and process the breakdown of Christian marriages
2. Outline the three primary stages of EFCT and the efficacy of utilizing it as a spiritually integrated treatment for Christian couples recovering from infidelity
3. Utilize a spiritually integrated EFCT-based model for attachment repair applicable to Christian couples, which includes value-driven interventions that can be incorporated into a treatment plan
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