Co-Sponsor: Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
CE Hours: 6.0
Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) as a theoretical basis, Dr. Sutton will provide an introduction to EFT theory, and discuss how to integrate knowledge from Gottman research, and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing when working with individual issues in a couples context such as ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, and trauma. EFT is an effective, evidence based approach to working with couples. Research studies have found that 70-73% of couples move from distress to recovery and 86% show significant improvements when treated with EFT. This collaborative approach mixes experiential Rogerian techniques with structural, systemic interventions that extend the ideas of attachment theory to romantic relationships. Advances in the study of emotional regulation support EFT’s use of emotion as a primary source of information to the self and to others about needs and motives as a primary route to connecting with attachment figures. With the theoretical grounding of EFT, we will discuss how to move between working with individual issues and incorporating partners into treatment, and how to treat individual issues within the context of couples therapy when the clients can not afford multiple therapists. We will also discuss how to use knowledge from other couples therapy approaches (e.g., Gottman, Languages of Love, Behavioral Couples Therapy, Strategic Couples Therapy, sex therapy), and how they can inform our treatment using EFT with couples.