a community of minnesota counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists and social workers trained in
emotionally focused therapy
Welcome to the Minnesota EFT Community
The Minnesota Emotionally Focused Therapy Community (MNEFT) was initiated in 2009 by a group of metro area EFT therapists and students, who meet for clinical consultation and the study of EFT.
As a group we are energized by the use of EFT in our clinical work and wish to create a thriving community of EFT trained therapists, while we explore ways to bring the benefits of improved relationships to enhance the health and well-being of those in our community.
This website provides information about both the activities of the MN EFT community and local EFT Therapists.
The MNEFT Community Mission Statement
The MNEFT mission is to foster the development of a community of EFT- trained couple therapists in the region, in order to:
- Provide competent EFT therapists to the community.
- Promote the learning and practice of EFT.
- Encourage training and certification in EFT.
- Enhance the satisfaction of EFT therapists in MN.
Our community can accomplish these goals by:
- Facilitating communication and connection among EFT clinicians.
- Sharing resources and outreach efforts
- Supporting skill-building opportunities, and
- Organizing events for EFT clinicians.
What is EFT?
EFT is a systemic and structured approach to couple therapy formulated in the early 80's by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. Grounded in Attachment Theory, this approach recognizes the primacy of emotion in organizing both inner experience and key interactional patterns in primary attachment relationships. Emotion is seen as a powerful agent of change in the therapy, not just as a manifestation of relationship distress. By expanding clients' emotional experience around core attachment needs and structuring change events to shift the cycle of negative interactions, EFT therapists work to help partners create a more secure bond in their relationship.
Over the last twenty years, a substantial body of research validating the effectiveness of EFT has been developed. Studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery, and approximately 90% show significant improvement. EFT is now being taught in university training programs and treatment centers.
EFT is effective with many different kinds of couples as well as families and individuals and with a variety of cultural groups. The attachment frame of EFT provides a healing approach to partners in relationships as well as individuals suffering from depression, post traumatic stress, and chronic illness.
Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy
- EFT is based on a clear understanding of marital distress and adult love. It is supported by Attachment Theory and empirical research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment.
- EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients and combines Rogerian techniques with structural systemic interventions.
- Change strategies and interventions are specific and address recurring patterns of negative interactions as well as the underlying emotional source that drives these patterns.
Goals of Emotionally Focused Therapy
- To move from relational distress to a more secure bond between partners.
- To expand and re-organize key emotional responses - the music of the attachment dance.
- To facilitate a shift in partners' interactional positions so that they can move towards increased accessibility and responsiveness.
MN EFT Community © Minnesota Renewal 2009