Emotionally Focused Therapy
The EFT Counseling and Education Center is comprised of a group of independently licensed, deeply passionate therapists who use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples develop happy, satisfying and thriving relationships.
The primary goal of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is to promote secure attachment and emotional connection between committed partners, young and old. EFT therapists work in session to validate each partners’ emotions and attachment needs. The therapist is careful to respond genuinely to the partners individually, and ultimately awaken their ability to heal themselves and their relationship. Using this model, the therapist recognizes that strong emotional bonds are essential for personal and couple well-being. EFT operates on the important premise that distress and conflict within the relationship often stem from unmet emotional needs and ineffective communication patterns.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Couples therapy can be beneficial for any couple experiencing difficulties or seeking to improve their relationship. If you are facing ongoing conflicts, communication breakdowns, trust issues, or a general sense of dissatisfaction in your relationship, couples therapy can help address these concerns and enhance your connection.
The duration of couples therapy varies depending on the specific needs and goals of the couple and the between session effort couples can reasonably invest. Some couples may require only a few sessions to address a specific issue, while others may engage in therapy for several months or longer. The therapist will assess your situation and work collaboratively with you to determine the optimal duration.
A skilled couples therapist is trained systemically to work in a balanced and unbiased manner. The couples therapist is trained to remain neutral and impartial. Their role is to create a safe environment for both partners, to facilitate healthy communication, promote understanding, and help both partners work through their issues together. The therapist will not take sides or assign blame but rather create an environment where each partner feels heard and validated.
Couples therapy can be beneficial for relationships experiencing difficulties, but it cannot guarantee the outcome of the relationship. The evidence based model of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) uniquely provides tools, insights, and support, but it is up to the couple to actively engage in the process and implement changes in their relationship.
It is not uncommon for one partner to be initially hesitant about couples therapy. It can be helpful to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about the benefits of therapy and why you believe it could be helpful for your relationship. In some cases, individual therapy for one or both partners can serve as a steppingstone towards couples therapy.
Yes, like any other form of therapy, couples therapy is typically confidential. The therapist is bound by professional ethics and legal obligations to keep the content of the sessions private. However, it is important to clarify the therapist’s specific confidentiality policies at the beginning of therapy. Most couples therapists have a very important “no secrets” policy in which they assist in uncovering sensitive information, and then explore with the partner how to disclose difficult information to unlock and unblock the impasses that couples face when secrets have been a part of the negative patterns.
Absolutely. It is a myth that once an affair or some other type of betrayal has occurred, it is a “death sentence” to the marriage. New research has revealed powerful steps in assisting the couple in the healing process. Couples who enter therapy to heal attachment injuries and betrayal, often develop an even stronger and more unified relationship than they ever had before. Couples therapy can help couples navigate the challenging aftermath of infidelity. The therapist can facilitate open discussions about trust, betrayal, and forgiveness, and guide the couple through the process of rebuilding trust and working towards healing.
Our couples therapists are trained by internationally renowned supervisors and experts in the field of couples therapy. We are pleased to be able to offer a high standard of treatment and services for the community and those seeking help for their relationship distress.
The EFT Counseling and Education Center is unique in that we have a focus not only on
mental health issues, but a strong emphasis on excellent training for therapists seeking
to refine their skills in treating couples.