Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a structured therapeutic approach to working with individuals, couples and families. EFT's main goals are to expand and reorganize important emotional responses, implement and foster the creation of a secure bond between partners, and help shift each partner’s position of interaction while initiating new cycles of interaction that are more beneficial for the relationship. Generally short-term (8-20 sessions), the EFT technique has had proven success, especially with couples, in helping relationships work more efficiently.
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EFT is an attachment based theoretical approach developed from Gestalt therapy.
I draw on Emotionally Focused Therapy to help couples resolve conflicts, improve emotional communication, and enhance intimacy.
Emotions are often assigned a negative reputation, but they hold innate power to help us change and grow. I work with individuals and couples to help them identify and better regulate their emotions. With couples, this work includes identifying the patterns which serve as barriers to connection.
EFT helps couples recognize and understand the negative cycle that interferes with their communication. With this awareness, less time and energy is spent on regulating negative emotions and protecting individual vulnerabilities. Instead, the partners can turn to each other for comfort and support so as to be resilient and meet life’s challenges
Being in close relationships often brings us the most joyful and yet the most challenging/hurtful experiences we may ever have. Many of us have big expectations, yet little training--high hopes yet heavy baggage from the past. Good relationships require well-honed skills that can be learned. I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to support clients to nurture and deepen their connectedness.
We live in a culture that values intellectual understanding, so it makes sense that when we are struggling, we try to "figure it out." While approaching psychological distress with this "diagnose it and fix it" strategy can be effective, we also need to value the intuitive wisdom of our emotions as they arise. By exploring emotions, we can listen to the messages and solutions from within.
Using an integrated EFT approach I help couples and individuals identify their primary emotions, work through maladaptive responses, and develop empathy and compassion for themselves and others.
I view my therapy through an attachment lens. Attachment lays the groundwork for how we will interpret and process the world around us. Utilizing EFT I examine my clients attachment style, identify mismanaged emotions, and develop healthier strategies of coping with negative emotional experiences.
I find Sue Johnson's work in Emotionally Focused Therapy to be helpful in working with couples. Seeing relationships through an attachment lens can be a powerful way to understand both yourself and your partner in addition to understanding the dance your individual attachment styles lead you create in your relationship(s).
EFT emphasizes creating and strengthening emotional bonds between family members or partners. I have successfully helped individuals identify adaptive and maladaptive relational patterns and develop more open, attuned, responsive, and loving relationships. I like this approach because it helps in addressing the underlying relational disturbance between people suffering from dysregulation.
I've been to trainings with the founder of EFT, Susan Johnson, and a lot of my work with couples is informed by this model.
I have taken courses taught by Sue Johnson, founder of EFT
EFT is usually a short term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the early 80\'s by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. Since then, Sue Johnson has further developed the model, adding attachment theory to further understand what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists in helping them. EFT is also used with families and individuals.
Couples and individuals seeking counseling to improve their relationships and understanding of self may find this method a beneficial approach, as it can help people better understand both their own emotional responses and those of significant people in their lives.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples through Edwards Psychotherapy in Portland. In EFT I will teach you how to access your primary emotions (sadness, fear( that are underlying secondary defensive reactions (resentment, jealousy). Once a couple can communicate their primary emotion to their partner, it helps to increase connection and attachment.
Emotion must be evoked, experienced, validated, respected and accepted in order to move forward. People get stuck when their emotions have been denied, repressed, depressed, dismissed or invalidated. EFT works with clients difficult and sometimes painful emotions to allow the necessary healing and integration to occur.
What feelings underlie your behaviors and your ways of relating to others? This approach helps you identify your core emotional needs and learn ways to express those to others. EFT works wonderfully with individuals, couples, and families alike to deepen connection and fine-tune communication skills. I excel at helping folks uncover the feelings that are often difficult to name.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and use this orientation to inform my work with individuals and couples. Emotions are central to the human experience. By being aware of and expressing our emotions we can more deeply understand ourselves. Deeper self-understanding gives way for more authentic self-expression.
I have studied EFT in my training programs and use this approach in conjunction with others when working with couples. EFT's tools of engagement and attunement help us to first identify and deescalate negative patterns that have kept the couple isolated from one another, and then restructure and rebuild the trust, strengthening the emotional bond and renewing connection.
I have formal training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy, applied specifically to the work I do with couples. This modality has enhanced my ability to help clients see the foundational causes of the emotion that comes to the surface; the root cause is able to be addressed and remedied. I have been able to apply this theory to all of the clinical work I do.
I have taken training on EFT for couples. This approach looks at the underlying emotions that drive the behavior cycles that are causing conflict in the relationship.
My Emotion-Focused Therapy (for individuals) training has roots in the beginning of graduate school and it is my primary approach to processing emotional problems and healing old wounds. It has a strong basis in the neuroscience of emotion. In addition to traditional trainings, I have completed the Level 1 Emotion-Focused Therapy training.
I have focused increasingly on integrating Emotionally Focused Therapy (or, 'EFT'), in my work with couples and with families. I have done training with Sue Johnson, one of the progenitors of EFT, and am engaged in on-going supervision and training in this therapeutic model.
As I have grown into a professional license counselor I have come to realize the benefits of deep work to heal trauma and various other human concerns. It helps individuals accept, regulate, express, and bring awareness of the complexity of human emotions. Understanding emotions help guides us to our needs or wants.
My approach is also connected with Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Integrated Behavioral Couple therapy (Neil Jacobson and Andrew Christensen). Emotionally Focused Therapy allows the therapeutic relationship to identify vital information that client emotions can provide as an attempt to develop strong, safe relationships.
Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT) enhances a couples’ capacity for insight into motivations, expression of emotions and development of a close and secure attachment. It is one of several approaches to couples therapy that has been found highly effective in treatment outcome studies. I’ve received advanced EFT training from Les Greenberg, the founder of this approach.
Emotionally focused therapy proposes that emotions themselves have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted self-experiences. Emotions themselves do not inhibit the therapeutic process, however learning better coping strategies enables clients to move through old behaviors and patterns into a state of increased well being.
For me, this means that our emotions have a purpose and that they can be informative if we can determine the 'logic' that informs them. I find that understanding and better utilizing emotions can really help people move through life in ways that are more satisfying.
I am trained in EFT for couples. It is evidence-based and truly works.
We carry hurt, fear, and rejection from early wounds that impact how we are able to reach out and connect with those we love. I will work with you to unpack how you feel about previous experiences in order to move forward and form relationships based in love, compassion, respect, and security.
My approach to counseling is grounded primarily in Emotion-Focused therapy, which encourages exploring and experiencing your emotions in the therapy room in order to help you connect with, and better articulate, your deeper needs. I love supporting my clients in this challenging and meaningful work.
This approach seeks to go beyond the challenging emotional cycles of anger, blame, and criticism that often painfully arise in relationships, especially around difficult issues. This approach can help you and your partner to feel and express the underlying and unacknowledged emotions of fear, hurt, loss, and sadness. This deep sharing can reestablish trust and cultivate a sustaining intimacy.
Emotion-Focused therapy, or EFT, can help you identify, utilize, and process emotions. Suffering comes when we encounter distressing emotions but try to resist or avoid them rather than accept and feel them fully. With EFT, I help patients learn to recognize their emotions and feel them in a safe and validating way.
I've trained in a variety of emotionally-focused modalities and see the exploration of feelings as a primary vehicle to unlocking stuckness.
Your emotions are the key! You use food to hide or push down your emotions. When you learn how to feel your feelings in a healthy way, you won\'t need food or body image issues to help you cope. I will teach you how and it\'s not as scary or hard as you might think.
Emotionally Focused Therapy has been my primary modality in working with couples since 2015. I find it a most beneficial therapeutic modality because it enables me to help couples get right down to the root of what's happening in problematic interactions. Using EFT helps me help couples much more quickly because we work with the shared human experience of emotions rather than staying in the story.
I studied and practiced emotionally focused therapy at Portland State University. In my experience I find this approach to be an effective way for a client to change and grow through an authentic relationship with their therapist.
I have completed the Advanced Externship training for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and am active in EFT group supervision to continue strengthening my practice. I also use emotionally-focused interventions in individual therapy. Emotions are the gateway to the depth of our lived experience.
I use Emotionally Focused, experiential, mindfulness-based methods in couple counseling
I use Sue Johnson\'s Emotion Focused Therapy which is based off of decades of successful interventions with couples. I help couples to understand their thoughts, emotions and actions in relation to one another and communicate their deepest needs in a healthy and loving way. I often find this brings couples closer together and feeling more deeply heard and understood.
I have trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals. This is the foundation from which I work with all clients in my therapy practice.
Attachment is one of the key drives all humans need. We learn attachment from our primary caregivers, which is translated to our intimate partners. When we feel emotionally secure and attached, we feel good and safe. When our emotional connections are not validated, we feel threatened. I work with couples understand each other on a primary level, and create strong, secure attachments.
I have done extensive training in emotionally-focused therapy for both individuals and couples. I believe EFT work gets to the heart of people's pain by examining how maladaptive emotions get in the way of our health and happiness. EFT allows us to work on shifting less helpful feelings and responses to allow room for more adaptive emotions.
Emotional connection is the cornerstone of a healthy and fulfilling relationship. When a person struggles in connections we often feel alone, isolated, and lonely. Learning and practicing awareness of our emotional states and the impact that these states have on our relationship is an important part of my work. I am excited about working with people in improving their connections.
This is an experiential therapy. We stay present to your inner experience, exploring your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings, as they surface in the room. As your emotional awareness increases, we are able to identify your unmet needs and old patterns that have kept you stuck. Our work focuses on transforming those patterns, which frees you to make choices to lead you to a fulfilling life.