Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Richard Tifft, MA, LMFT Intern
Working with Couples Whose Relationships Are in Distress
Richard uses Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy when he is working with couples
in intimate relationships who feel their relationship is in distress. He helps when you're not talking, not communicating, not connecting anymore. He helps if you and your partner are constantly fighting, or if you're living like
roommates. He helps if there has been an affair, that has been ended, and you
both want to find a way to get past it and reconnect. He has a passion for this
work and has the specific training and experience required to help you and
your partner find connection and understanding again.
"I knew when I went back to school later in life that I wanted to work with couples. I have my own life experiences that contributed to that desire. I am not a "Jack of all trades", relationships are what I do and I strive to do them well."
Richard says, "Working with a skilled therapist is very much like going to visit an old friend, who now lives in a far-away foreign land. You can explore strange new places and still trust they will get you home safely."
Goals of Emotionally Focused Therapy
- To expand and re-organize key emotional responses – the music of the attachment dance.
- To create a shift in partners' interactional positions and initiate new cycles of interaction.
- To foster the creation of a secure bond between partners.