Description of Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step
Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step: a complete online course
Sometimes couples therapy feels like a battlefield. You can be so busy managing the “argument du jour” and at the same time attending to the needs of each partner that you never get to the underlying issues.
What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?
Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step will help you navigate the chaos of couples therapy and bring more mastery to your work so you can be more effective.
Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step is the most researched and effective approach for distressed couples. It was developed in the ’80s and has a very strong empirical base. It as been tested and shown to create improvements in 90% of the couples that come to therapy.
As its name suggests, it is an approach that focuses on how people deal with their emotions, how they send emotional signals to their spouse, and how this emotion becomes the music of their interactional dance. As an attachment-oriented approach it assumes that we all have very deep needs for safe connection and emotional contact, and that when we don’t get those needs, we get stuck in very negative interactional patterns.
Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step gets right to the heart of the problems that keep relationships from being deeply satisfying. It is designed to stop the negative and stuck patterns in marriages and other primary relationships, transforming them into the loving, caring connection and understanding you desire.
The EFT model provides an empirically validated roadmap that will greatly enhance your success in working with couples
Consider this 4-volume series your own personal master class in EFT. Embark on a journey with 6 real couples that underwent couples therapy for over 1 year with 4 leading EFT therapists and trainers. Learn the steps and techniques of EFT at your own pace, via carefully selected vignettes from our couples sessions, supplemented with expert commentary, ensuring that all relevant clinical points are thoroughly demonstrated and explained. Additional self-paced exercises will help you solidify the skills covered in each volume.
By the end of this course, you will have learned a model that will provide structure to your couples sessions and will have acquired proven tools for making you a more effective couples therapist.
What you will learn in Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step
- Volume 1: Core Concepts and Interventions
In the first volume Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, EFT expert and sought-after trainer, gives a comprehensive overview of the core concepts, steps, stages, and key interventions of EFT. The theory and techniques come to life with numerous vignettes featuring six real-life couples with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and issues. Over 100 hours of actual couples therapy with four skilled EFT trainers and practitioners have been painstakingly distilled to demonstrate the essential components and subtleties of EFT.
- Volume 2: Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step Stage 1
Learn in detail the four steps of EFT Stage 1 that lead to de-escalation. Through numerous excerpts from the sessions with our 6 couples, you will learn how to:
Identify the negative cycle
Access primary emotions
Recognize the markers of de-escalation
and ultimately lead the couple to an experiential understanding of the impact they have on each other.
By the end of this volume, you will know how to guide your clients to take control of their negative cycle, giving them more hope and courage to go forward.
- Volume 3: Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step Stage 2-3
In Stage 2, the therapist becomes a choreographer who restructures the clients’ interactions, guiding them through a process of becoming more open and responsive.
Learn how to achieve EFT’s critical change events–withdrawer reengagement and pursuer softening; promote acceptance of new positions of the other partner and support partners being able to ask for their needs to be met.
Once healthy, non-attacking, non-defensive communication can occur, clients and therapists are then able to move into Stage 3, consolidation, where clients can solidify their gains and apply their new skills to any unresolved problems.
- Volume 4: Impasses and Challenges
In this final volume, Jorgensen and colleagues demonstrate how to handle an array of tough issues that can show up in the work. This includes both therapist and client issues, such as ruptures in alliances, trauma history, attachment injuries, intellectualizing, and more.
Multiple vignettes from actual cases combined with incisive commentary, offer invaluable tools and strategies to help you get your couples back on track. Building on the previous three volumes in the series, Jorgensen returns to major topics and themes for further depth and detail, such as maintaining the attachment frame, managing reactivity and dealing with shame.
Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD is Founder and Director of the Attachment Advancement Institute and Co-Director of The Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is an EFT Supervisor and Trainer who has developed several streaming conferences and seminars and has hosted and/or co-presented with attachment theorists and researchers such as Sue Johnson, Phil Shaver and Jim Coan. Her online educational programs and consultation groups are popular all around the globe. This “therapists’ therapist” is known for her presence, clarity and empathy.
Scott Woolley, PhD is a Founder and Director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Training and Research Institute for EFT (TRI-EFT). Dr. Woolley has trained therapists in EFT in many areas of the world, and works closely with Dr. Susan Johnson, founder of EFT.
Lisa Palmer-Olsen, PsyD is a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego California. She is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor and is a Founder and one of the Directors of the Emotionally Focused Couples Training and Research Institute at Alliant International University.
Mark Kaupp, PsyD, is a certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. In addition to traveling all over North America training other therapists in EFT, he is an adjunct professor at San Diego State University and Alliant International University, teaching couples therapy to students in their master’s and doctoral programs.
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