Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples is an innovative therapy model that has been proven by research to be highly effective at improving distressed couple relationships. It’s focus is on repairing deep emotional wounds from which each member of the couple are suffering. It gets beyond the surface of day-to-day arguments to the core issues that are driving the couple apart, and helps them to experience a deeper feeling of bonding.
Over 30 research studies have been done on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, which was pioneered by Susan Johnson, Ph.D. Results show that 70% of couples move from a state of distress to satisfaction in their relationship. This improvement tends to last over time. Treatment takes between 8 – 20 sessions on average to see results.
It begins with an initial session together to assess what is going on in the relationship. Following, each partner is seen alone by the therapist for one session. Then the couple returns to meet with the therapist together to receive feedback. Finally, the remaining 8-20 sessions are done with the couple together. Couples generally learn to better communicate their needs to one another, to understand each other’s perspectives, and to heal from past emotional injuries.