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Marriage Therapy and Couple Therapy St. George Utah

Services That Meet The Gold Standard

At the EFT Counseling and Education Center we provide services that are researched & effective. We intentionally work with therapy and training models that meet the highest criteria in the field.

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Gold Standard Treatment

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically supported, highly effective treatment for depression, interpersonal problems, trauma, avoidant personality disorder, and restructuring distressed couple relationships into safe and secure bonds with long-lasting results. EFT uncovers and treats deep core issues rather than focusing on surface behaviors.

EFT for Couples, Individuals and Families

EFT is an evidenced-based therapy approach that focuses on the various ways we interact with our loved ones that over time can get organized into negative patterns and cycles. Traditionally, EFT has been used for couples therapy, but this approach is also extremely effective when used with families and individuals who want to explore important interpersonal relationships and relationship patterns.

Attachment and Adult Bonding

The framework and ultimate goal of EFT is to work toward a felt sense of “secure attachment.” The ideal is that each partner can offer a sense of security, protection, and comfort for the other, and allow that security, protection and comfort into their own heart and soul. The model offers a guide and a structure to help them begin to feel increased emotional safety and trust. The EFT process experientially teaches couples how to be available to support their partner in creating a positive sense of self and the ability to effectively regulate their own emotions.

What Sets Us Apart

This is different than other types of couples therapy that focuses more on behavioral change, and focuses heavily on communication. They teach skills, offer tools, and carefully crafted scripts to couples to use to improve their communication. Research has found that when our emotions are heightened during an argument, it is difficult to remember and call upon those tools and behavioral skills. Instead, the couple is left to rely on instinct and old negative patterns and ways of coping.

New Skills, New Coping Responses

Another big difference is EFT therapists are uniquely skilled to use gentle, soft, and empathic approaches. EFT helps you find an understanding about why and how you and your partner get into those patterns in the first place. You develop skills and coping that serve to interrupt and restructure the patterns. The ultimate outcome of your treatment involves a renewed understanding of self, a new and more effective pattern of relating to your partner, and new ways they relate and interact with you.

Uniquely Prepared - Specifically Trained

Our therapists are uniquely prepared to help couples strengthen their relationships. In addition to the rigorous academic practice accomplished and clinical training completed, each of our therapists is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an approach to couples therapy that explores bonding and attachment between two partners in a relationship. On top of state licensure requirements, therapists at the EFT Counseling and Education Center have either completed, or are in the process of completing advanced trainings and scrupulous supervision hours in order to achieve international recognition as Certified Emotionally Focused Therapists.


Changing Lives, One Session At A Time

Here's some of our specific specialities. Looking for something else, if we can't provide it we will give you a quality recommendation.
Betrayal Trauma

Anxiety is a common mental health condition that can significantly impact a person and daily life. For some individuals, just the thought of getting through the day produces intense levels of anxiety. No matter what they do, they cannot seem to stop the worry and often feel it is out of their control. They might anticipate disaster or be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues.

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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Depression has been nick-named the “common cold of mental illness.” The statistics can be startling; however, it is useful to pause and become aware of the impact of depression on society in general. Depression affects approximately 20 million Americans, or about 10% of the population in any given one-year period. At some point in their lives, 10%-25% of women and 5%-12% of men will likely become clinically depressed.

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Family Therapy ECEC
Family Therapy

The primary goal of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is to promote secure attachment and emotional connection between family members, young and old. Using this model, the therapist recognizes that strong emotional bonds are essential for individual and family well-being. EFFT operates on the important premise that distress and conflict within families often stem from unmet emotional needs and ineffective communication patterns

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Grief Therapy

Grief therapy, also known as grief counseling or bereavement therapy, provides support and guidance to those who are experiencing significant distress due to the death of a loved one or any other significant loss in their lives.

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Individual Therapy
Individual Therapy

In Individual therapy your therapist will meet with you regularly to help you work through the issues that concern you so you can achieve your therapeutic goals.

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Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a safe therapeutic intervention that provides immediate feedback that uses sound or visual signals to reorganize or retrain brain waves to regulate and improve function and to alleviate symptoms of various neurological and mental health disorders.

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Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is characterized as a major depressive episode with onset of symptoms during pregnancy or within the first 4 weeks to 12 months postpartum. Worldwide, nearly 1 in 5 women who have delivered are estimated to have experienced PPD.

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Couple Therapy
Premarital Counseling

Bonding and strengthening your bond throughout your marriage makes you a team rather than two individuals living together without creating healthy interdependence. We offer a research based and researched effective therapeutic educational approach.

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Relationship Therapy
Sexual Issues

We strive to create an environment that is supportive so you can talk about the challenges you and your partner face regarding sexual health and sexual intimacy. Our clinical team can help you make sense of the struggles, and offer you tools for physically and emotionally connecting. The tools and understanding you achieve will guide you in your quest to strengthen your foundation of love, fulfillment, and security.

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Trauma Treatment

Trauma can occur at any point in a person's lifespan and can result from various experiences, such as childhood abuse, accidents, violence, law enforcement, military deployment, or natural disasters. Traumatic events can disrupt a person's sense of safety, create emotional and physical distress, and impact their ability to form healthy relationships.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Determining how long a client will be in therapy will be considered individually based upon your needs. After your therapist assesses and determines your treatment plan, they will schedule an ongoing appointment day and time. Your therapist will then review the duration and length of time for therapy based upon your customized plan and progress.

Yes. All our therapists are trained and experienced in providing telehealth sessions. If you are meeting for couples therapy, we highly recommend each partner be in the same room and on the same computer screen for the best and most effective treatment.

We require payment at the time of service; however, we offer superbills that you submit to your insurance company to seek reimbursement. The superbill contains all the information needed including billing codes, diagnostic codes, your therapist’s credentials and license information. It is essential to get help when needed, and we want to work with you to achieve affordable solutions based on your financial circumstances.

Relationship challenges and mental illness issues impacts every member of the family, as well as those close to them. Our therapists are trained to work
with all those within the client’s circle influence. We encourage family members to participate in the treatment process, and your therapist will likely encourage both individual and family sessions.

We have a unique offering of intensive couples therapy, which gives us the opportunity to work with clients from all parts of the world as long as they are willing to travel to the state of Utah. Non-Utah residents can only meet with our therapists if they are physically within the state boundaries or remotely via telehealth if their Utah resident family member is  present in the session. State law requires that therapists can only offer treatment services for residents or visitors of the state in which they are licensed. If you are moving to another state, your therapist is allowed to meet with you for a interim period to assist in the transition to your new home and new therapist.

Interns at The EFT Counseling and Education Center are carefully selected based on very important criteria. They must have excelled in their graduate studies, and demonstrated a high level of wisdom, insight, with a deep understanding of systems theory. They must undergo a rigorous interview process to determine if they are a good fit for our mission
and vision as a mental health and education center. We remain closely connected to deans and directors of training within each university, which allows us to have utmost confidence in the candidates who successfully achieve a placement within our clinic.

An intern or student therapist is typically in their second year of their masters degree, and at this point the intern has been in a formal college setting for at least 5 years or more. They have studied graduate level courses including human development, relationship dynamics, and how to work with beyond just the individual client to include a systemic view of the client’s world. The therapist in training starts as an intern to gain valuable experience and first-hand training. In this role, the intern works under the supervision of either Dr. Debi Gilmore or Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, and thus the intern is fully authorized and trained to provide services to families and individuals.