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EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY FOR COUPLES

EFT is a systemic and structured approach to couple and family therapy  formulated in the 1980s by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. Grounded in  attachment theory, this approach recognizes the primacy of emotion in  organizing both inner experience and key interactional patterns in  primary attachment relationships. Emotion is seen as a powerful agent of change in the therapy, not just as a manifestation of relationship  distress. By expanding client's emotional experience around core  attachment needs and structuring change events to shift the cycle of  negative interactions, EFT therapists work to help partners and family members create a more secure bond in their relationship

As a certified EFT therapist and supervisor, I have extensive experience  working with couples Together, we look at how communication and  emotional needs have become a negative pattern which prevents partners  from having the communication and closeness that they truly desire in  their relationship. We  identify those negative patterns and work to develop positive patterns of communicating and meeting each other's   emotional needs.

Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of marital distress and adult love. These conceptualizations are supported by empirical  research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment.
  • EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients combining  experiential Rogerian techniques with structural systemic  interventions.
  • Change strategies and interventions are specified.
  • Key moves and moments in the change process have been mapped into nine steps and three change events.
  • EFT has been validated by over 20 years of empirical research. There is  also research on the change processes and predictors of success.
  • EFT has been applied to many different kinds of problems and populations.

Goals of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • To expand and re-organize key emotional responses, the music of the attachment dance.
  • To create a shift in partners' interactional positions and initiate new cycles of interaction.
  • To foster the creation of a secure bond between partners.
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