What You Need to Know About Couple Therapy
Of couples who use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.
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. It is a combination of 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.
Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy
EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy offers couples, families and individuals a relatively-short, structured path to solving their relationship problems. Dr. Sue Johnson first developed EFT as a way to help partners find their way back to love and happiness. Her model of couple therapy is based on the foundation of attachment theory and helps both therapists and couples to understand what is happening in distressed relationships. EFT provides proven map to lasting change.
Today EFT is used in private practice, university training centers, hospital clinics and other therapeutic settings around the world. And, it works. Research shows that more than 70 percent of couples who try EFT move from distress to recovery, and about 90 percent show significant improvement. Problems distressed couples address in the sessions include depression, post-traumatic stress disorders and chronic illness.
Meet Dr. Sue Johnson
Dr. Sue Johnson provides a brief summary of what makes work, or not. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is the leading edge, empirically validated form of therapy which is taught all over the world and is based on the last 50 years of scientific research on the science of love and romantic bonds between partners. EFT provides a map to what matters in intimate relationships: how they work, how they go wrong, and what is needed to put them right. Therapist who practice Emotionally Focused Therapy help couples communicate at a different level, to stay in difficult conversations and how to support each other and pull together so each can be their best self together.
We have solved the “mystery’ called love and we can learn to shape it. This is the doorway into greater happiness, better mental and physical health, more secure, resilient and confident adults and more loving partnerships and families. An EFT Therapist can help you find your way back to each other and the life you want to build.
Dr. Sue Johnson is the Developer of
Emotionally Focused Therapy.
EFT Research, updated 2015
EFT Status, 1999