EFT Therapy

I completed the EFT Externship in April 2022, and Level 1 Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals training in 2021. I also completed additional EFIT training for using this approach to treat individuals with trauma histories.

 

What is EFT Therapy?

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term, structured approach to couples’ therapy developed in the 1980s by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. The therapy is grounded in research and draws from attachment theory to help couples enhance their emotional connection, improve communication, and better manage conflict.

EFT views relationship distress as primarily rooted in the negative cycles of interaction between partners, which can lead to emotional disconnection. These cycles are often driven by underlying attachment needs and fears. The goal of EFT is to help partners understand their own and each other’s emotions, identify the patterns of interaction that are causing distress, and learn new ways to respond to each other that foster a secure, resilient emotional bond.

Therapy is usually conducted over 8 to 20 sessions, depending on the couple’s specific needs. EFT is structured around nine steps and three stages, including de-escalation of conflict, reconnection through expressing needs and emotions, and consolidation of new interaction patterns.

Studies have found that EFT is highly effective, with significant improvement seen in 70-75% of couples, and it is recognized by the American Psychological Association as an empirically validated treatment for couple distress. It is used across various cultures and settings and has been applied to various relationship types and configurations.

EFT FAQ

How does EFT work?

EFT aims to help partners recognize and understand their own and each other’s emotions, identify and break negative interaction cycles, and learn new ways of responding that nurture a secure and resilient emotional bond. 

What does a typical EFT session look like?

In a typical EFT session, the therapist will guide partners through conversations that explore their emotional experiences and patterns of interaction. The therapist facilitates the expression of needs and emotions, helping the partners to create a more positive and supportive emotional environment.

How long does EFT therapy take?

EFT is a short-term approach, with therapy usually conducted over 8 to 20 sessions. However, the exact number can vary depending on the couple’s unique needs and progress.

Is EFT only for couples?

Although EFT was initially designed for couples, its principles have been applied to family therapy and even individual therapy, proving beneficial in these settings as well.

What kind of issues can EFT address?

EFT can help with a range of relationship issues, including communication problems, emotional distance, conflicts, and infidelity. It’s also used for relationship enhancement and premarital counseling.

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