Training for Therapists in EFT for Couples and Families


Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term, empirically-validated, experiential and systemic approach to therapy with couples. Research indicates that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements when working with an EFT trained therapist. EFT provides therapists with a highly effective road map to help couples get unstuck, reduce distress, and positively transform their attachment bond. If you work (or want to work) therapeutically with couples and/or families, and are looking for an approach that will not only add to your skills-base, but that provides an intuitively appealing and highly practitioner-relevant theoretical framework, then this is an excellent training opportunity to consider.

In many cases, couples come into marital therapy because they are getting entrenched and stuck in emotionally-charged arguments that they can’t break free of. Each partner feels stuck and at a loss, and in session therapists may also be feeling powerless in the sense that it can be difficult for the therapist to know where to best focus to facilitate change and break this destructive cycle.

EFT focuses on helping partners to shift the emotional responses that maintain their negative interactional patterns. Through a series of steps and approximately 8-20 sessions, the therapist leads the couple away from conflict and deadlock into new bonding interactions that help to build a renewed sense of love and a stronger foundation than ever. This approach is also used with excellent results with families. It also lends itself very well to working with couples where one partner or both partners are presenting with specific problems including depression, trauma, anxiety, low self-esteem, low sexual desire, and/or other sexual problems.

Dr. Leanne Campbell and Dr. David Fairweather were trained and supervised in EFT in the early-mid 1990s by its co-originator Dr. Susan Johnson, and have been using the approach ever since, in addition to training and supervising other clinicians in its use. Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group is designated as a Centre for the Training of EFT.