Transforming Love Relationships

The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson and Dean Videka
Dr. Sue Johnson and Dean Lynn Videka at NYU’s Kimmel Center

The Silver School of Social Work at NYU presents Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. Dr. Johnson will conduct a full day presentation, featuring interactive audience participation and multimedia.

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) offers a unique perspective on how to use the power of emotion and the new science of adult attachment to create significant, lasting change in couple relationships. EFT demonstrates excellent outcomes with many different kinds of couples, including those facing trauma and depression. Key change events and therapist interventions predictably lead to positive outcome in this model. The clear map of adult love and loving offered by attachment theory helps the therapist to tune into the neural duet, the life and death drama defining a distressed relationship and restructure pivotal moments so that partners can move from isolation and frustration into a felt sense of security and lasting satisfaction. Issues such as forgiveness after attachment injuries and affairs will also be addressed.

This presentation combined cutting edge theory, research, and clinical data into a 21st century vision of couple therapy and education.

For more on EFT and Dr. Johnson's work, please visit the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and the Hold Me Tight website.

The basics of EFT practice and the steps of change will be outlined. Interventions will be illustrated with videotapes and transcripts and exercises involving role playing and practice.

Goals of the Program:

Participants will be able to:
1. Outline the key concepts of EFT and attachment theory.
2. Summarize the main elements and interventions in EFT.
3. Visualize how this model can be used with different kinds of partners and relationships.
4. Outline the process of forgiveness in EFT.