Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

Venue: Metro-Central YMCA

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Nov 24, 2005 End Date/Time: Nov 25, 2005
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2005
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Marital distress is the single most common reason for seeking therapy. It undermines family functioning and is strongly associated with depression, anxiety disorders, and alcoholism. Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) is one of the best-validated couples interventions, and offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic security and closeness in intimate relationships.

This experiential/systematic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. Through a series of nine steps, the therapist leads the couple away from conflict-deadlock into new bonding interactions.

For more than 15 years, Sue Johnson and her colleagues have developed and rigorously researched this short-term (8- to 20- session) approach. It is now one of the most clearly delineated approaches in the field of couples therapy.

You will learn:
- To understand the phenomenon of marital distress in an attachment context
- Creative powerful change events in therapy that foster a more secure bond between partners
- To deal with common impasses and difficult issues in marital therapy
- The steps of EFT that help couples to leave destructive, hostile, or defensive interactions, and share positive attachment that fosters secure bonding


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