Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples is an empirically validated treatment approach developed by Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg for intervening in distressed relationships (Greenberg & Johnson, 1988). EFT views relationships through an attachment lens, highlighting the power of bonds in relational connection (Johnson, 1996). In EFT, a 9-step model is employed working to shift rigid cycles of distress and foster secure relationship attachment. Clinicians employing an Emotion Focused approach map the rigid, self-reinforcing interactional dance, delineating a typical pursue/withdraw or criticize/ defend pattern and attempt to shift the relational dynamic. The goal is to create a withdrawer engagement/blamer softening, a movement that then fosters a bonding event.
Greenberg, L.S. & Johnson, S.M. (1988). Emotionally focused therapy for couples. New York: Guilford Press.
Johnson, S.M. (1996). The practice of emotionally focused marital therapy: Creating connection. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
There are various levels of EFT training and certification requirements to become a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. The Institute for Experiential Therapies will be offering various training opportunities including Externships and Core Skills groups.
Study with professor Annmarie Early, a certified EFT supervisor and trainer along with other trainers to learn this evidence based, empirically validated treatment approach for working with couple distress.
If you are interested in learning more about EFT please check out the follow up information regarding Dr. Sue Johnson’s pre-conference training that was held at EMU in March 2011.
Training event dates are not yet decided. However, if you have interest in participating in an Externship or Core Skills group please contact Annmarie Early at 540-432-4213.