Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples is a short-term treatment formulated by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. The focus of treatment is on rebuilding trust and intimacy, and helping individuals feel safe and secure in their attachment to their partner. Improved communication is a natural byproduct of such treatment. A substantial amount of research has shown EFT to be highly effective in improving levels of distress in one’s relationship and typically moving couples from distressed to recovered. In fact, research indicates that EFT is one of the most highly effective treatment modalities available to couples. Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for couples formulated by Drs. Norman Epstein and Donald Baucom focuses on improving communication skills more directly and, like EFT, treatment works to change the maladaptive interactions one experiences with his/her partner.
Members of the CBT Center staff have experience treating distressed heterosexual, gay, and lesbian couples presenting with a variety of problems in their relationship. Couple therapy is appropriate for premarital and cohabitating couples. EFT has been shown to be effective for couples in which one or both partners are suffering from disorders such as depression, posttraumatic stress, and chronic illness. Additionally, couple therapy can be particularly helpful in light of a major betrayal.
The experience of a major betrayal in one’s relationship can be traumatic. Upon learning about the betrayal (e.g., an extramarital affair, a secret), the injured partner can feel like the rug has been pulled out from under him/her. Also, questions about how to move on from this, alone or as a couple, and whether to forgive can feel confusing and overwhelming. A therapist can help couples absorb the impact of the betrayal, make sense of the painful event, and recover from this difficult time.
Please note that the intensive and structured treatments offered at the CBT Center may not be appropriate for couples experiencing on-going physical violence in their relationship.
If this seems to describe what you or your loved one is experiencing, do not hesitate to reach out to us here at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of SoCal. We can help!