Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

WHAT IS emotionally focused therapy (eft)

EFT is a structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the 1980's and has developed alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding to expand our understanding about what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists.  In the last fifteen years, Dr. Johnson and her colleagues have further developed and refined the model and completed numerous studies.  EFT is also used with families and individuals. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. 

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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The above information was taken directly and adapted from the official page of The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) where you can find a full detailed description and additional information about this treatment and the research supporting it.

 
 
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