About EFT

EFT is a systemic and structured approach to couple and family therapy  formulated in the 1980s by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. Grounded in  attachment theory, this approach recognizes the primacy of emotion in  organizing both inner experience and key interactional patterns in  primary attachment relationships. Emotion is seen as a powerful agent of change in the therapy, not just as a manifestation of relationship  distress. By expanding client’s emotional experience around core  attachment needs and structuring change events to shift the cycle of  negative interactions, EFT therapists work to help partners and family  members  create a more secure bond in their relationship

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.

 

 

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