Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) by Kathryn Rheem
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): Structure, Moves and Interventions
- The three stages of EFT
- Restructuring Attachment
- Key change events
Interventions: Experiential and Systemic
- Reflection of emotional process
- Evocative process questions
- Deepen and distill emotion
- Interpretation – conjecture
- Reflecting interactions – feedback loops
- Shape enactments
- Contain enactments that go awry
Tasks of EFT: Outline, Video Viewing, and Exercises
- The core tasks of EFT
- Build an alliance
- Reprocess and distill emotion
- Choreographing new interactions
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
- Gaining confidence in EFT – Maximize effectiveness in your practice
- Key changes and challenges in the field of couple therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically validated approach grounded in attachment theory that provides a clear road map for helping partners to reconnect, repair and rebuild their bonds (Johnson, 2004).
In this recording, EFT trainer Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, colleague of Dr. Sue Johnson, will teach you a step-by-step procedure 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.
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Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, Director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT) for the last 7 years, has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in EFT nationally and internationally. She has been a student of EFT since 2002, has been using this empirically-validated approach exclusively in private practice since 2005, and continues to study and learn the model daily. Along with her mentor, Dr. Sue Johnson, originator of EFT, Kathryn’s best teachers of this humanistic, attachment-based model are the couples she works with weekly in private practice.
Together, Sue & Kathryn created Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provided EFT-based weekend retreats for soldiers & marines coming home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars 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. Veterans Administration.
Kathryn trains and presents EFT regularly at many locations in U.S. including the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, AAMFT Annual Conference, state divisions of AAMFT, and EFT Summit and has taught EFT in Denmark, Sweden, Holland and Germany.
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 numerous times. In addition to the application of EFT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the Withdrawer Re-engagement process. For her doctoral dissertation, Kathryn completed the first analysis of Withdrawer Re-engagement, and she enjoys teaching clinicians how to come alongside and work with Withdrawers.
Kathryn was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C. by the Washingtonian magazine in December 2012. A clinical fellow and approved supervisor of AAMFT, she has written 9 articles/chapters on the application of EFT.