Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Dr. Kate Marshall

I’m excited to post news about my new Certification in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.  It was no small undertaking and involved several years of rigorous supervision, workshops, study and practice.  It was worth it!  Although I’ve studied and practiced couple and family therapy within many other relationship models over the years, I find that EFT, based upon the science of love,  provides a more  in-depth road map for creating positive change in distressed relationships.

According to the ICEEFT website, EFT, developed by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenburg in the eighties, EFT “is the fastest growing state-of the art research based method of couple therapy.  It is recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a best practice evidence based model of working with couples in distress.”  According to their research, couples working with a specially  trained practitioner, can achieve successful and satisfying connection seventy to seventy-five percent of the time.

EFT is about  healing frayed and broken bonds.  It provides a real map for getting beneath conflict.   Couples can move out of the pattern of blame-retreat, withdraw attack so that both partners can reconnect with their loving feelings. Safety is created and couples  are helped to move from feelings of isolation, frustration and shutdown into a more secure and satisfying connection involving mutual understanding and true empathy.    The way is paved for creating more satisfying experiences as a partnership.  Barriers and blocks to good communication are identified and worked with so that effective connection and conflict resolution can be reestablished that take into account the couple’s real needs.

Marital and relational distress according experts such as Dr. Johnnson, is the primary reason people seek therapy. Isolation creates disease.   Satisfying and secure relationships help buttress against pain and stress and increase longevity and happiness.


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