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spiral2grow Marriage Family Therapy, a leading provider of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and marriages in New York City, has professionals that include emotionally focused psychotherapists (EFT) and counselors, who are expert in the EFT approach and its application in couples therapy as well as marriage counseling. spiral2grow, located in midtown Manhattan at 260 Madison #8023, New York, NY 10016, offers EFT treatment for couples who are interested in improving and rebuilding their relationship while learning constructive relationship skills.
Emotionally focused therapy for couples
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based, pluralistic form of person-centered/experiential therapy. It’s been shown to be an effective treatment for couples and families facing sexual abuse histories, depression, grief, management of chronic illness, eating disorders, and PTSD. Emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT) was developed by Dr. Susan Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg. EFT evolved out of the humanistic tradition with its focus on the role of emotional experience in human growth and its emphasis on a safe, non-judgmental relationship in which to explore and experiment. As EFT was developed specifically for couples, the model incorporated systems theory, which understands individual experience in terms of interactional cycles and interpersonal contexts. By conceptualizing primary adult relationships as attachment bonds, EFT targets the issues of emotional engagement and security that are relevant for so many distressed couples.
The goal of EFT couples therapy is to provide partners with both a “safe haven,” which they can turn to for comfort, and a “secure base,” which supports their autonomy. EFT understands couples’ issues in terms of the distress that is a natural reaction to a lack of security in attachment relationships. This distress is reflected in a couple’s interactional cycle, as each partner’s efforts to get his or her attachment needs met are experienced as triggering by the other. One of the most common patterns is a blamer-withdrawer (pursuer-distancer) cycle or dance.
In research studies 90%of marital distress couples, that were engaged in EFT therapy have shown significant improvement. EFT pay close attention and emphasis on emotional engagement, secure attachment, and responsiveness between partners in healthy relationships.
EFT helps couples develop the skills to emotionally connect while promoting responsibility and de-escalation. It allows couples to overcome negative, repetitive, and rigid patterns of interaction that prevent them from having a closer and more caring relationship. The process of EFT allows a deeper understanding of their own and each other’s feelings, and to find new ways of being with each other that facilitate a stronger bond and a more fulfilling connection.
EFT also explore and identify the cycle in terms of behaviors and then in terms of underlying feelings and needs. Clients are helped to access and process emotion using interventions such as reflecting, validating, heightening, and emphatic exploration. Interactions are restructured as the problematic cycle is tracked, explored, and reframed to highlight the partners’ importance to each other as well as their longing for a secure connection. As partners’ de-escalate, EFT therapists support them in both expressing more vulnerable emotions and in responding to each other in an attuned and responsive way.