WHAT IS EFT?
EFT is usually a short term (8-20 sessions), weekly, structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the 1980’s and has developed alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding to expand our understanding about what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists. In the last fifteen years, Dr. Johnson and her colleagues have further developed and refined the model and completed numerous studies. EFT is also used with families and individuals. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists.
Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. (For more information on EFT research, please see the EFT Research Menu.) There are several contraindication for EFT, which includes on-going abuse in the relationship, continued contact with the the affair partner when an affair has been disclosed, and process or substance dependance problems, that has not been effectively treated in the past to present.
EFT is being utilized with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers and hospital clinics and many different cultural groups throughout the world. These distressed couples include partners suffering from disorders such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders and chronic illness.
Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy
Goals of Emotionally Focused Therapy