Benefits of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
EFT is one of the fastest growing models of couple therapy and marriage counseling available today. Research indicates and clients report that EFT can help:
- Diffuse conflict, reduce ongoing tensions.
- Feel closer and more connected to your partner.
- Develop healthier, more satisfying communication.
- Improve emotional, physical, and sexual intimacy.
- Resolve old problematic issues in your relationship.
EFT developed by Dr. Susan Johnson is being studied and practiced around the world and is recognized as an effective, evidenced-based couples and family therapy. "I had the pleasure of seeing Jim's work via videos of sessions. He's attuned, open and guided his couples gently to more vulnerable places. Jim does quite lovely work. I would recommend him to any couple in Colorado." - Dr. Sue Johnson, author, Love Sense, The Revolutonary New Science of Romantic Relationships
Ninety percent (90%) of couples who complete EFT improve their relationships.* 70 to 75% of couples move from distressed to no distress when completing EFT. Studies indicate the results for EFT are generally robust and long-lasting. Also, EFT works with partners who describe themselves as "unemotional." EFT has been applied across cultures and with presenting problems such as depression, PTSD and with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Another significant finding is that couples who work through the EFT process resolve their issues without returning to their old unhealthy communication patterns in the future.
EFT is adaptable to a variety of complex situations, including helping couples heal after affairs, cope with difficult life stressors, such as chronic illness, and trauma.
Unlike other couples therapy approaches, your initial level of relationship distress does not predict how well you will do in EFT. Research studies show that it is also effective with couples in which one or both partners struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, a traumatic childhood background, as well as sexual problems, such as low sexual desire.
It doesn’t matter how minor or major your problems are, EFT can help you resolve your difficulties – we can work together to help you and your partner handle life’s challenges and enjoy your opportunities together. Couples who take the experiences and tools developed in session and apply them outside of session increase their chances of success.
Couples in happy relationships tend to enjoy better general health and wellness. Researchers have found that marital satisfaction has been linked to better immune system functioning, recovery from illness and injuries, and management of stressful situations.
Breaking News: MRI Research led by Dr. Jim Coan and Dr. Sue Johnson priliminary results demonstrate that successful EFT for couples leads to positive changes in the female partner's secure bond with their partner that is observable in the brain (November, 2013).