Psychotherapy with couples is both multi-layered and complex, often challenging the most skilled of therapists. In this fast-paced, technology-driven era that we live in, where true connection is often at a premium, substance use has escalated to epidemic proportions. It is not uncommon for couple’s therapists to be confronted with the additional challenge of contending with a pernicious “third-party” that lurks within the shadows of distressed relationships: Addiction.
What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an approach to individual, couples and family therapies and was developed in the 1980's by Dr. Sue Johnson. The theory is based upon adult attachment and bonding and has helped therapists understand what happens in distressed relationships in addition to being able to help therapists understand how to help couples in distress.
Research now exists to show how effective Emotionally Focused Therapy has become. Research studies have found that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. Emotionally Focused Therapy is being used in several settings for several presenting problems to include depression, trauma and chronic illnesses.