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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Evidence-Based Interventions for Distressed Couples

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)—the only model of couple therapy that has been tested and shown to create lasting change in over 20 empirical studies. In this recording, join EFT trainer Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, colleague of Dr. Sue Johnson, and learn the process for helping couples move from negative patterns of interaction to greater openness and deeper intimacy with each other.
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Faculty:
Kathryn Rheem
Duration:
6 Hours 9 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Apr 07, 2020

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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)—the only model of couple therapy that has been tested and shown to create lasting change in over 20 empirical studies.

In this recording, join EFT trainer Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, colleague of Dr. Sue Johnson, and learn the process for helping couples move from negative patterns of interaction to greater openness and deeper intimacy with each other.

Attachment distress and the resulting arguments between partners is one of the most powerful forces in our clients’ lives. This distress is emotionally disruptive, hard to contain, and unpredictable for clients and clinicians alike.

Emotionally escalated couples are frequently our most challenging clients. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), based on adult attachment, offers a clear map to work with and shift escalated couples. Reactive emotion, a hallmark of attachment distress, is fast-moving, hard to contain, and keeps couples stuck in a negative pattern. Accessing and sharing vulnerabilities, a key to creating healthy attachment, can look easy but is challenging. Sharing vulnerabilities with each other creates the bonding moments needed to re-structure their bond.

Handouts

Outline

State of Couple Therapy: The New Science of Attachment
  • The map to basic relationship emotions and needs
  • Understand and contain distance and distress
  • Shaping responsive bonding
  • Understand love relationships – invaluable to the therapist

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

The Core Tasks

  • Build an alliance
  • Reprocess and distill emotion
  • Choregraphing new interactions
  • Videos and exercises
The Structure – Three Stages
  • 1. De-escalation
  • 2. Restructuring attachment
  • 3. Consolidation
  • Key change events
The Moves – EFT Tango: Experiential & Systemic
  • Move 1: Track & reflect process
  • Move 2: Assemble & deepen emotion
  • Move 3: Choregraph engaged encounters
  • Move 4: Process the encounter
  • Move 5: Integrate, validate, summarize
Micro Interventions
  • Reflection of emotional process
  • Validation
  • Evocative process questions
  • Deepen and distill emotion
  • Interpretation – conjecture
  • Reflecting interactions – feedback loops
  • Reframing
  • Shape enactments
  • Contain enactments that go awry
Difficult and Attachment Injured Clients: Discussion and Exercises
  • Dysregulated, escalated, and shut down, dismissing clients
  • Attachment injuries (i.e. affairs) – Relationship traumas that destroy trust
  • A proven model for forgiveness and reconciliation
The New Era of Couple Therapy
  • Growing into and applying the EFT model
  • Gain confidence in EFT – Maximize effectiveness in your practice
  • Key changes and challenges in the field of couple therapy

Faculty

Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT Related seminars and products: 2

Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy


Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, has been using the empirically-validated EFT approach exclusively in private practice for over a decade, and continues to study and learn the model daily. She works extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFT with trauma. In addition to the application of EFT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the withdrawer re-engagement process.

As a national and international EFT trainer, she collaborates with Dr. Sue Johnson, the primary developer of EFT, to bring EFT to populations worldwide. Together, Sue and Kathryn created Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provided EFT-based weekend retreats for soldiers coming home from war and their partners at military installations in the U.S. and abroad. Kathryn has trained U.S. Army Chaplains & European Regional Medical Command in EFT and consults monthly with the U.S. VA.

Kathryn is the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. She was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C., by the Washingtonian magazine. She is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of AAMFT, and has written 14 articles/chapters on the application of EFT. Kathryn's best teachers of this humanistic, attachment-based model are the couples she works with weekly in private practice.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kathryn Rheem is the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT). She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kathryn Rheem has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.