Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term treatment approach in which the primary goal is re-connection between partners. EFT, developed by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg, is based on John Bowlby’s Attachment research from over 50 years ago. Bowbly found that humans as well as higher primate animals appear to have an innate need to feel attached to, and comforted by, significant others.
Relationships are at the heart of life; relationships which can be both wonderful and complicated.
Adult attachment relationships mimic the fulfillment of a similar survival function as a mother-child bond, since ideally these attachments provide love, comfort, support and protection throughout our life. However, due to relationship histories and negative interaction cycles which may arise with our partners, many of us develop difficulties with trust or expressing emotion, even to those who mean the most to us.
Building “a safe haven” in your relationships is the primary goal. In EFT your fundamental needs – to feel close, secure, and responded to – are the focus. This in turn will help you identify and approach issues honestly, safely, and more quickly.
Once a feeling of connection is established, you will be prepared to manage conflict and potentially difficult emotions that can arise in therapy. Without the need to take a defensive stand, you will be better able to problem-solve and heal.
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EFT moves couples from distress to recovery in 70 – 75% of cases, while generating improvement in 90%. EFT is used with different types of couples through private practice, university training centers, and hospital clinics. EFT treats those suffering from disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress, chronic illness, and more.
To view further resources on EFT, please refer to the EFT website: www.iceeft.com.
One of the things I love most about my work is helping clients develop a bond in their most significant relationships. Most of us aren’t taught how to be in adult love relationships. No one gave us a road map as a result we often end up hurt and alone. I am devoted in helping my clients repair the hurt, heal and reconnect.