How can Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) help couples therapists?

How can Emotionally Focused Therapy - EFT help couples therapists

It’s no secret — couple’s therapy stresses out therapists.

  • Are sessions spinning out of control because of a couple that keeps fighting in your office and will not listen?
  • Do you want to know how to work with emotions to foster closeness and intimacy?
  • Are you finding yourself dreading an appointment because of the anxiety you feel about your lack of effectiveness?

Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) can help you work more effectively with couples and be less stressed.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a leading edge, empirically validated form of therapy which is taught all over the world. It is based on 50 years of scientific research on bonding: bonding between mother and child and romantic bonds between partners.

Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.


The strengths and goals of EFT:

(from the ICCEFT website, “What is EFT”)

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.

To learn more about how EFT can help couples therapists, watch this informative video by Dr. Sue Johnson:

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