Emotion Focused Therapy

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is grounded in Attachment theory, which is one of the most accepted theories in psychology. Our attachment history begins at birth and impacts us for the rest of our lives. The availability and consistency of our caregivers creates a lasting imprint for how we view the world and others in it.

 

Strategies from EFT can also be used in family therapy to help family members connect and improve emotional attachment. Single people looking to find healthy relationships may also find this method can help them to better understand both their own emotional responses and those of significant people in their lives.

Our attachment history significantly impacts our romantic relationships. Sue Johnson developed Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) which helps the couples' therapist to define  features of a relationship in crisis, set treatment goals that are relevant and meaningful, and map out the best ways to intervene. 

 

EFCT helps the therapist stay neutral with a couple, as having trust and an alliance with both partners is crucial to making any progress. It provides a way to help both partners feel safe to open up and talk about some difficult topics.

EFCT integrates brain science. Knowing basic information about the brain helps us understand how and why we react in certain ways during arguments and what we need to do to find our way out of these patterns. 

 

EFCT is an experiential approach which means that therapy actively engages couples to help change negative patterns within the relationship in real time, right in session with your partner.

EFCT is backed by extensive research which has demonstrated it's effectiveness.There is no other method of helping couples found to be superior to EFT. Research results also show that the progress couples make is also maintained over time.

 

In a HeartMatters couples session, you will learn about your partner, yourself, and the intricacies of your interactions. You will learn how to get out of your distressing moments and escalating arguments. But most importantly, you will learn how to become close, connected and bonded for life.

 

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Ayla Garlick 

Heart Matters