Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to Help
Robin C. Campbell. EdD, LMFT
Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to Help Couples Remove the Blocks to Building Real Connection
Dr. Campbell specializes in working with couples who find themselves distressed in their relationships. She uses an approach known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in helping these couples to remove the blocks to real connection. EFT is a structured
approach to couple’s therapy formulated in the 1980's and has developed
alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding to expand our
understanding about what is happening in couple relationships and to guide
therapists in working more effectively with couples they see in their practices.
In the last fifteen years, Dr. Sue Johnson and her colleagues
have further developed and refined the model and completed numerous
studies. A substantial
body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research
studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and
approximately 90% show significant improvements.
EFT is being used with many
different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers and
hospital clinics and many different cultural groups throughout the world.
Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy
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.