Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT)

In the landscape of relationship dynamics, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), pioneered by Dr. Sue Johnson, recognizes that emotional connection is fundamental to relationship satisfaction and seeks to address negative interaction patterns while promoting secure emotional attachments between partners.

What does the EFCT approach look like?

  1. Assessment: The process begins with a thorough assessment of the couple’s emotional dynamics, relationship history, and the patterns that contribute to conflict or emotional distance.
  2. Setting Relationship Goals: Collaboratively, you and your therapist set clear goals for therapy, with an emphasis on enhancing emotional connection, understanding negative patterns, and fostering positive interactions.
  3. Emotional Exploration: Couples engage in exploring and expressing their emotions, deepening their understanding of each other’s emotional needs and vulnerabilities.
  4. Attachment Repair: EFCT aims to repair and strengthen the emotional attachment bond between partners, creating a more secure and supportive foundation.
  5. Communication Enhancement: The therapy process includes improving communication skills, ensuring that partners can express their needs and emotions effectively.
  6. Consolidation and Integration: As positive emotional patterns are established, couples work on consolidating these changes into their daily lives, promoting long-term relationship satisfaction.

Couples engaged in the EFCT process often experience many positive changes in their relationship, including:

  • Enhanced Emotional Connection: Couples experience a deeper emotional bond and connection, fostering intimacy and closeness.
  • Positive Interaction Patterns: EFCT helps shift negative interaction cycles into positive and supportive patterns that contribute to an improved experience in the relationship. 
  • Repair and Relate: Couples learn how to engage in different conversations about issues that have caused distress in the relationship. 
  • Lasting Relationship Satisfaction: Research indicates that EFCT supports lasting changes and the promotion of a secure emotional connection.

Whether facing communication challenges, emotional distance, or unresolved conflicts, EFCT offers a path to lasting change, emotional connection, and relationship revitalization. Collaborate with a skilled EFCT therapist to embark on your journey of relationship transformation and emotional intimacy. Please connect with us to learn more about which of our psychologists have training in EFCT.

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