Couples 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 have the opportunity to define the main problem area(s) of your relationship and state your desired outcome(s) of couples therapy. This will further support my understanding of how to best serve you as we work through various problems together. From there, I will work with you and your partner to look more closely at the current state of your relationship and examine how your experiences have led to current relational breakdown. I draw on the contributions of Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) to support repair of your bond and shifting 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.
EFT has been studied vigorously for over the past 20 years. Although it is considered one of the younger styles of couple’s and family therapy, it has been proven to be effective in research findings for various cultural populations.