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Emotionally-focused ballroom dance therapy for couples: a guidebook for therapists

The purpose of this project is to provide a guidebook depicting a novel approach to couple's therapy; namely, emotionally-focused ballroom dance therapy for couples. By integrating elements of EFT for couples with techniques in ballroom dancing, more options become available to therapists working with couples seeking therapeutic assistance. These options include, but are not limited to: more treatment planning opportunities with clients, both a structured and open format for helping couples verbally and nonverbally communicate with one another, and a unique way of practicing therapy outside of traditional "talk therapy" alone. The more options therapists can utilize in terms of working with clients, the greater chances therapists will have in aiding such clients in more individualized ways. This guidebook will further explore these options by depicting how the similarities between EFT for couples and ballroom dancing can be used as a new therapeutic technique.

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