Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Celia Hardwick BA MBACP ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short term therapy that focuses on the attachment / bonding in adult relationships. Patterns in the relationship are looked at and steps taken to create a more secure bond and develop more trust, to move the relationship in a healthier more positive direction.
Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery in 10-12 sessions and 90% show significant improvement. It is a present-focused, non-blaming, humanistic, and client-centered model. It is currently the most empirically validated couples therapy of the past 25 years.
How it works.
EFT focuses on the present time to make changes in the here and now. There are three stages in EFT. The first is to de-escalate the couples' negative cycle of interactions and help them to see and understand what is happening in the relationship. Clients come to see the problems in terms of reactivity, insecurity and distance. The next stage is restructuring interactions, wherein the therapist helps clients to discuss their fears in relationship using language that doesn't push the other away. Consolidation is the third stage of EFT, wherein the therapist helps clients see how they got into negative patterns and helps them develop positive cycles that promote bonding and attachment into the future.
Learn more from the EFT founder, Sue Johnson