Couple Therapy begins with an assessment during the first session. This helps to provide context to both of you as individuals and as a couple. You will define the main problem area(s) of your relationship and state your desired outcome(s) of Couple Therapy. This will support our therapist’s understanding of how to best serve you as we work through various problems together. From there, we will work with you and your partner to examine how your experiences have led to a relational breakdown, along with tools for fostering a stronger bond. We draw on the contributions of Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and other system therapies to support the repair of your bond and shift the emotional “dance” between the two of you. EFT focuses on accessing deeper emotions with your partner in a manner that enhances your sense of feeling safe and seen in a newfound way.
Therapists have studied EFT vigorously over the past 20 years. Although it is one of the younger styles of couples and family therapy, they have proven it to be effective in research findings for various cultural populations.