Emotionally Focused Therapy: Recognizing and Healing Attachment Distress in Couples Work

Presented by Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD on 07-20-2012 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples is a collaborative and respectful form of therapy as well as a leading form of marital therapy treatment. EFT is designed as a structured and short-term approach (between eight and twenty sessions). There is a substantial history of research highlighting EFT's effectiveness. Research indicates that 70-75% of studied couples transition from marital distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. There is also research on the change process and predictors of success.



EFT is based on a clear, explicit attachment conceptualization of adult love and marital distress. Empirical research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment supports these conceptualizations. Change strategies and interventions are specific and clear, and key moments and moves in the change process have been mapped out into nine distinct steps and three stages of change.



The goals of EFT are to:

1) Re-organize and expand partners' key emotional responses;

2) Shift partner’s interactional positions and start new patterns of interaction;

3) Allow a secure bond to be created between partners.



This presentation provides an overview of the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy with special emphasis on the attachment and attachment affect in this systems framework. The objective of this workshop is for participants to gain a basic understanding of how attachment theory and attachment framed affect combines to heal couple distress in Emotionally Focused Therapy.



This web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain the unique power attachment theory brings to understanding couple distress;
  2. Describe how couple distress becomes self-maintaining;
  3. Apply a system perspective to create the first change event in healing couple distress;
  4. Utilize the unique power attachment framed affect has in healing couple distress to create secure attachment.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This Web Conference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org Members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD, is founder and director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is Director of Operations and Development of TRI EFT Alliant, and she is a Certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. Dr. Jorgensen received her EFT training from Susan Johnson, founder of EFT. She is research faculty at Alliant International University. She has trained therapists in EFT throughout North America, New Zealand, and Europe and been featured at training events with Dr. Johnson. She earned a BS in Psychology, a MS in CCYW from Western Oregon University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. Dr. Jorgensen is a member of AAMFT, AACC, AMCAP, and ICEEFT where, as an EFT trainer, she serves on the strategic planning committee.

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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.