Emotion Focused Therapy – for couples (EFT)

EFT follows a clear process from assessment to solution and leverages decades of research in humanistic approaches and systems theory as well as groundbreaking findings in the psychology of attachment.

Lovers are regulators of each other’s emotional functioning. Intimate relationships have power and influence over mental and physical health. Emotionally Focused Therapy uses proven interventions – empirically validated – which base on attachment theory and the science of love.

EFT is founded on a close and careful analysis of the meanings and contributions of emotion to human experience and change in therapy. … The goals are strengthening the self, regulating affect and creating new meaning (Greenberg L.S. 2011. EFT).

In recent years the role of emotion in marriage distress and couple therapy has become much more accepted. At this point, EFT is the most empirically validated approach to couple therapy, apart from behavioral approaches, and has 30 years of outcome and process research to draw on.

The approach is grounded in a clear theoretical base. This base consists of first a theory of change, which arises from a synthesis of humanistic experiential  therapy and systems theory, and second a theory of adult love, which is viewed as an attachment process. EFT is used for a wide variety of couples and partners, including partners from different cultures, backgrounds and orientations (Johnson S.M. 2004. Practice EFT).

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) draws on more than three decades of research on developmental neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation. Since 2008, the PACT Institute has trained more than 1,000 practitioners across North America, Europe, and Australia and has expanded the training to three levels. PACT has gained a reputation for effectively treating even the most challenging couples. For more information visit Tatkin is the author of three well-received books about relationships—Wired for Dating, Wired for Love, and Your Brain on Love—and is coauthor of Love and War in Intimate Relationships.

Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (The Couples Institute by Dr. Ellyn Bader)

The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (The Couples Institute by Dr. Ellyn Bader) was developed by Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson in the 1980s, the developmental model of couples therapy does not focus on pathology but instead emphasises the role of development in relationships. This model compares adulthood development of relationships to childhood procession through typical developmental stages. According to the model, it is natural for relationships to change as partners spend more time together and develop as a team.

Because partners do not always change in the same way or at the same time, potential challenges may develop over the course of the relationship. Conflict may arise when couples are not able to manage a new developmental stage, for example, or when each partner is in a different stage. The integration of attachment theory, differentiation theory and neuroscience has proven to be compatible with audiences throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. The training receives consistent, enthusiastic feedback that it enhances rather than collides with various other approaches.