I found out early in my career that I had a passion, and a knack, for couples therapy. I was fortunate to be introduced to Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples my first semester of graduate school, and the theoretical approach spoke to me. Throughout school I continued to educate myself about the technique, and in 2016 I participated in the 4-day EFT Externship, as well as attending various workshops and seminars at the 2017 EFT Summit. Additionally, I am a clinical member of The International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Above all else, I wholeheartedly believe in EFT's ability to bring about change and hope to relationships that couples might otherwise have given up on.
Why Emotionally Focused Therapy?
With more than 30 years of research on the science of adult attachment and emotional bonding, EFT provides a structured approach to couples therapy based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of what causes the cycles of distress in relationships. Research shows that properly performed EFT facilitates movement from distress to recovery in 70-75% of couples, with as high as 90% showing significant improvement.
EFT is an evidence-based practice, meaning the clinical practice is based on sound research which demonstrates the effectiveness of the treatment. Working with an evidence-based practice is analogous to having GPS in your car, without it you’re basically blindly guessing and hoping you arrive at the desired destination. The benefits of this are that with the proper map, the clinician is not making decisions about your relationship based on opinion, or their own relationship successes/failures, but rather specific interventions that work across a wide range of age, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
More about Emotionally Focused Therapy
Click below to watch a detailed explanation of Emotionally Focused Therapy from its creator, Dr. Sue Johnson.