Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally focused couples therapy is a short-term (8-20 sessions) psychotherapy method that focuses on attachment theory.

Developed in the 1980s by Leslie Greenberg and Sue Johnson, it is one of the most scientifically validated forms of couple’s therapy precisely because it deals with attachment issues. In fact, research has found that 70-75% of couples move to recovery and 90% show statistically significant improvements.

The goals of emotionally focused therapy are to: re-organize emotional responses, change the dynamic in the ways the partners interact, initiate new ways of interacting, and create a stronger, secure bond between both partners that enables a deep trust.

For couples, participating in this therapy can be a difficult and vulnerable experience. It’s important to remember, however, that all therapies require time, commitment, a willingness to let go, and an openness to share intimate details as well as personal weaknesses. When couples consider emotionally focused couples therapist, they should consider their own problems within the relationship. They should also consider whether or not they like and understand this method. If scientific results are a concern, then this is one of the best forms of therapy for couples because it’s extensive research has shown it as a highly successful form of couples therapy. Regardless, it’s a personal decision that you and your spouse will have to make. Choose the therapy approach that feels right for you and choose a therapist who is professional, objective, compassionate and skilled.

If you are looking for an emotionally focused couples therapist, then click HERE. This site, created by Dr. Johnson and her colleagues, talks more in-depth about EFT, it’s benefits and how to find therapists who have trained in the method.

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