The foundation of couple or family relationships is the bond that connects mutual love.
While all relationships have conflicts from time to time, sometimes relationships can get stuck in repeated negative patterns of arguments and disagreements, such that partners or family members feel unheard, dismissed, unappreciated or worse.
These negative patterns can lead to intense adverse emotional reactions and dissatisfaction within the couple or family, which challenge the core of the relationship, cause personal internal turmoil, and can derail other essential aspects of our lives.
I am Certified in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, which means I have undertaken rigorous advanced training and have been approved by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICCEFT).
According to the latest research on couple therapy, EFT has a 90 percent success rate and is, thus, one of the most successful approaches to couples and family therapy.
The first stage of therapy involves reducing tension, conflict, and reactive distress in the relationship. In this stage, the couple learns to see how their reactive negative cycle works to keep them stuck in conflict.
The second phase of therapy involves strengthening the bond between the couple and restoring the felt sense of emotional closeness.
In this stage, the couple develops new patterns of interactions that soften their communication, restore their loving feelings, and strengthen their connection.
Many couples have requested Intensive Couples Clinic because they desperately want to save their marriage.
Sometimes the urgency is related to the aftermath of an affair or a last chance to save a relationship from divorce.
Many seem to have found slightly longer sessions more beneficial than traditional sessions.
The extensive research on Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy also uses longer sessions, shortening successful therapy’s overall length.
Couple therapy begins with a relationship assessment and a review of the state of the relationship.
Then, with intensive work, the first stage of therapy moves more quickly to reduce the level of intense conflict and emotional distress.
The primary goal here is to identify and work towards a “felt sense” of the negative pattern of interactions that lock the couple in distress and conflict.
As felt awareness of the negative cycle increases, the “stuck pattern” of interactions becomes the focus of therapy.
Intensive EFT couple therapy will focus on the couple’s interaction patterns and each partner’s in-depth perspectives and feelings.
The therapist actively directs the therapy in this early phase of couples’ work.
This dynamic EFT focus allows for a new communication cycle to emerge with a significant degree of emotional safety.
That growing sense of safety sets the foundation for renewing and strengthening the relationship bond and the emergence of often discarded or lost deep feelings of love and affection.
The second phase of EFT focuses on developing these deep loving feelings.
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Often the seed for personal growth comes from a signal that something is wrong, or you may experience repeated difficulties getting what you want from life.
Psychotherapy can help you take the next step to improve your life.