Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
All couples experience challenges from time to time, and sometimes it feels like there are no solutions in sight. When challenges persist, resentment can build towards each other, and oftentimes hopelessness sets in. If you and your partner are experiencing couples distress and you are looking for ways to reconnect with your partner, or repair a rupture, or simply build a stronger bond with one another then Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) can help.
EFT is a well-known humanistic approach to psychotherapy formulated in the 1980’s by Dr. Sue Jonhson, and developed in tandem with the science of adult attachment, a profound developmental theory of personality and intimate relationships. The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) research studies find that "70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.”
EFT offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security, and closeness in intimate relationships. This experiential therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. Through a series of sessions, I will work with you and your partner to gently lead you and your partner away from conflict deadlock and into new bonding interactions. EFT is now one of the best delineated and empirically-validated approaches in the field of couple therapy.
Along with being and LGBTI Affirmative Therapist, I continue to specialize and receive ongoing training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am a member of the Los Angeles EFT Center (LACEFT) and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotional Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).