Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples is an empirically validated method of couples therapy. EFT utilizes adult attachment as the basis of understanding and alleviating relationship problems, moving from stuck, confusing and repetitive negative interactions to bonding moments. Interventions and key emotional bonding moments re-organize and repair emotional responses and create a more secure connection. EFT is also used with families and individuals.
I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and a lifetime member with The International Centre For Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), http://www.iceeft.com. I am a member of the Portland Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, https://www.eftoregon.com.
I collaborate with you to identify and understand the places where you get stuck and gain insight of the conflicts and core struggles. I coordinate with you to learn about your reactions, feelings, coping strategies and narratives that manifest. Great healing occurs when you are able to work through the reactivity that is arising and with your partner shift into a new awareness to communicate what is happening in you, your partner and in the relationship. I rally with you so that together you can protect your relationship by breaking through the negative patterns that block connection.
I am passionate about working in this model and I enjoy supporting couples in my practice. I provide a welcoming and compassionate therapy practice to support couples. I advocate and support couples from a variety of races, cultures and sexual orientations. I provide support to couples where one person or a family member is living with a life limiting or chronic illness.
I believe in continuing my knowledge and skills as a clinician and it is a lifelong process of learning and growing. I attend training classes and workshops and invest in consultation with Certified EFT Supervisors and Therapists. I commit to ongoing continued education units and adhere to the requirements with the State of Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.