I am one of a handful of certified Emotionally Focused Therapists (EFT) in the Los Angeles area and have been trained by its founder Dr. Sue Johnson. With this distinction I am able to intervene in a way that makes transformative lasting change to the couple’s interactional cycle of distress.
EFT focuses on the ways in which underlying needs for attachment and connection may influence how we experience ourselves and our partners in relationship.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy uses elements of experiential therapy, systemic therapy, and attachment theory. Attachment as described by researchers Mary Ainsworth and John Bowlby is a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another over time and space. EFT is one of the most evidence-based couple therapies. This is a short-term treatment approach whose goal is the reconnection between partners.
Research on the success of EFT indicates that couples move from distress to recovery in 10-12 sessions for 70-75% of cases and creates improvements in 90% of couples coming in for therapy. These couples include partners suffering from disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress, and chronic illness.