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A Guide for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Love is a beautiful journey, but oftentimes, the path can get a bit rocky. If you and your partner are feeling stuck, disconnected, or facing communication challenges, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) could be the beacon of hope your relationship needs.

What is Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy?

At its heart, EFCT is all about understanding and improving the emotional connection between you and your partner. This approach helps couples navigate the ups and downs of relationships by focusing on emotions, underlying thoughts about your self and partner, and building a secure bond—also known as a secure attachment.

Research-Backed Effectiveness:

Human being are meaning making creatures whose survival depends on secure bonding. According to a meta-analysis, "90% of couples who go through EFT significantly improve their relationship and 70-75% of couples no longer fit criteria for relationship distress following treatment". Research studies consistently show the effectiveness of EFCT in enhancing relationship satisfaction and reducing distress, offering couples evidence-based tools to foster a healthier and more resilient partnership.

The Basics

  1. Understanding Your Emotions: In EFCT, therapists help you and your partner identify and express your emotions. It's like learning a new language, but instead of words, you're using feelings to connect on a deeper level.
  2. Breaking the Negative Cycle: Every couple has a dance – a pattern of interactions. Sometimes this dance can get a bit tangled. EFCT helps you and your partner understand your unique dance and, more importantly, how to change the steps to create a more harmonious connection.
  3. Building Trust and Security: Trust is the foundation of any strong relationship. EFCT helps you create a safe and secure emotional bond, allowing both partners to feel valued, heard, and supported.

What Happens in a Session?

Your therapist will guide you through conversations, helping you express your emotions and understand your partner's. A key component to EFCT is being able to turn and share your emotions and needs with your partner from a place of vulnerability. It's a bit like having a relationship coach, cheering you on as you navigate the journey of love together. Through key interventions the therapist is there to help you access your emotions, share them, receive love, and offer love. In life, someone usually gets stuck at one or all of those steps.

Who Can Benefit?

EFCT isn't just for couples on the brink of separation or for those with trauma. It's for anyone who wants to strengthen their emotional connection. Whether you're facing communication issues, relationship injuries, affairs, trust issues, or just want to deepen your bond, EFCT can provide the support needed to help your relationship thrive.

Ready to Invest in Your Relationship?

If you're ready to invest in the health and happiness of your relationship, consider giving Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy a try. It's a journey that many couples have found transformative, helping them rediscover the joy and intimacy that first brought them together. Your health depends on it! Numerous studies reflect that relationship health impacts physical health.

Orari Services:

Orari Healing Therapy offers EFCT through regular therapy sessions and/or EFT intensives. To learn more, contact us to see what is the best fit for you!

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