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What is Emotion-Focused Couple's Therapy (EFT)?

By Sue Johnson on 15 May, 2018



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EFT stands for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. This approach to seeing relationships – as an attachment bond – and shaping more loving relationships is leading the couple relationship field into a new understanding of romantic love. We now have a map to the territory called love and we can empower couples by showing them new systematic ways to take control of dances of disconnection and conflict and, even more important, help each other move into the open close embrace that is a secure loving bond.

EFT is based on 50 years of research into human bonding and 30 years of research from our lab into helping couples connect and thrive. We really don’t have to simply fall in and out of love anymore. Of course, EFT also helps families who are in distress and individuals who want to understand how they connect with others and how best to deal with their needs for support from others.

"Our mission as a South African Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) community, is to provide a forum for mental health professionals in South Africa who are learning and practicing EFT with couples, individuals and families."







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