Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples was originally developed by Sue Johnson, Ed.D and Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. Since its inception Sue Johnson has further developed the model, adding attachment theory to understand what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists in helping them.
This short term (8-20 sessions) experiential and systemic couples therapy is now one of the most researched, delineated and empirically-validated approaches in the field of couples therapy. It has demonstrated powerful clinically significant effects with various populations (Johnson, 2003, JMFT 29, 365-385).
EFT presents a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment and a process for healing distressed relationships. It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security and closeness in intimate relationships. The therapy focuses on helping each partner reprocess the emotional experience underlying the rigid negative interactional patterns that keep them stuck. Through a series of well-defined stages the therapist takes the couple from conflict deadlock to creating new bonding interactions.
What is EFT?- Dr. Sue Johnson YouTube Video
Science with Sue: Dr. Sue Johnson YouTube video
The MN EFT Community is sponsored by:
MN Couple Therapy Center
1611 County Road B, Suite 204
Roseville, MN 55113
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