EFT with Individuals, Couples, and Families
With all the hundreds of models and interventions practitioners use and the vast range of disorders they treat, attachment science offers therapists a coherent framework for understanding clients’ problems and leading them home to balance, agency, and connection with others. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), epitomizes attachment-based intervention and can be used in all modalities—not just in a couples therapy context. This paradigm offers specific and on-target principles of intervention for clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and distressed relationships. In this workshop, using video clips of sessions and short exercises, we’ll explore how these principles can be applied in individual, couple, and family sessions to ultimately transform both self and system. You’ll discover how to:
- Use attachment theory and science as a road map for work in any modality
- Encourage vulnerability by incorporating the “Soft, Slow, Simple” approach into your therapeutic style, and learn how to assemble and use emotion to shape change
- Use focused empathic reflection to rebuild clients’ sense of self and bonds with others
- Deepen emotion to build “Hold Me Tight” change conversations
Susan Johnson, EdD, developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy, is the director of The International Center for Excellence in EFT. She’s the author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships and Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with individuals, Couples and Families.