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Emotionally focused couple therapy

  • "Emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT) is a short-term, systematic, and tested intervention to reduce distress in adult love relationships and create more secure attachment bonds.

  • The title reflects the priority given to emotion as a key organizer of inner experiences and key interactions in love relationships.

  • [EFT has been accepted] as a mainstream model that is accepted by the APA as empirically validated.

  • EFT has been systematically described and rigorously tested and found to be effective. A recent meta-analysis of the best studies found 70-73% of couples to be recovered from martial distress and 90% of couples to have significantly improved."

    -from Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook,
    by S. Johnson et al., 2005

Dr. Levenson is a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor and is a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Approximately one-half of her client hours are spent doing couples therapy.

As a certified EFT supervisor, Dr. Levenson provides consultation in the model. Contact her for information about receiving individual or group consultation (either in person or long-distance). Supervision in EFT provides a place to:
  • Learn EFT interventions and formulation strategies
  • Get detailed feedback on cases
  • Become comfortable audio or videotaping sessions
  • Form a supportive, interactive group
  • Practice and refine skills
  • Apply attachment and systems theories to clinical situations
  • Earn hours that can be applied toward EFT certification
Dr. Levenson also does presentations on EFT research and clinical applications. For a PowerPoint copy of her presentation on the "Effects of Training in EFT" to the Annual Convention of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, click here. For an announcement of her presentation to the EFT Summit, 2010, click here.

Dr. Levenson is one of the founders of the Northern California Community for EFT (NCCEFT), which is affiliated with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

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