Couples seek out relationship therapy for many reasons. Some couples are in a high state of distress -
Dr. Susan Johnson, a recognized leader in her field, co-
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) assists couples in understanding and exploring the emotional interactions that can lead to relationship distress. EFT is highly successful because it strengthens relationships by creating enhanced communication and a deeper sense of connection.
A significant body of research demonstrating the effectiveness of EFT currently establishes it as a leading model of intervention for distressed couples. Research indicates that 70 to 75% of couples in EFT therapy shift from distress to recovery and 90% of couples report significant and meaningful improvement. The process is both respectful and collaborative. Strategies for change are clearly explored and each partner's emotional experience of the relationship is supported. This leads to a deepening sense of understanding and connection. As well, my training in sex therapy further assists couples who are concerned about physical and sexual intimacy.
It is worth noting that success in relationship therapy can be impacted by different factors. For example, it is important that each partner has some capacity for self-
Dr. Susan Johnson writes that "learning how to nurture the bonds of love is an urgent task. Loving connection provides the dependable web of intimacy that allows us to cope with life and to live well. And that is what gives our life meaning."
It is with this thought in mind that I encourage anyone who is concerned about their relationship or those who might wish to deepen their connection to their partner, to seriously consider Emotionally Focused Therapy as a way of strengthening their connection to those they love.