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Emotionally Focused Therapy

EFT For Couples

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security, and closeness in intimate relationships.

This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. Through a series of nine steps, the therapist leads the couple away from conflict deadlock into new bonding interactions. EFT is now one of the best delineated and empirically-validated approaches in the field of couple therapy.

Goals of EFT

  • To expand and re-organize key emotional responses.
  • To create a shift in partners' interactional positions.
  • To foster the creation of a secure bond between partners.

Strengths of EFT

As an EFT therapist I am a process consultant. I am available to show a couple the choices they make implicitly. I help them see the binds they put their partner in which are the result of their perfectly understandable ways of dealing with their emotions.

As an experiential therapist, I show couples the process of choice. I help them uncover the choice they make and I help them open up, by creating more safety, to more choices.

I don't save marriages, rather I try to show people how to process emotions and send signals in ways that open up their options and their moves in the dance. As an EFT therapist I am committed to what works for people and what leaves them whole. (adapted from Sue Johnson)

What Is A Healthy Marriage?

ICEEFT Certification

I am also an ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist.

To become an ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist, candidates must meet various pre-requisites and complete several EFT training and supervision requirements including an intensive 4-day basic EFT Externship, Advanced training course(s), consultation / supervision by a Certified EFT Supervisor and review by a Certified EFT Trainer at ICEEFT of 2 different video excerpts demonstrating the therapistís grasp of the model. Click the ICEEFT logo to find out more.

   Jean Shirkoff
   Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor
   Phone: 503-887-3313
   Fax: 503-297-0885
   1942 NW Kearney St Suite 12
   Portland, OR 97209

  • Couples EFT Therapy.
  • Family Therapy.
  • Individual Psychotherapy.
  • Business/Executive Coaching.
  • Supervision, Consultation.


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