The therapist will illustrate steps 2-4 of EFT, that is delineating the negative cycle, and unpacking underlying emotions to create a coherent picture of the couples problems as seen through an attachment lens.
This presentation of a session from a recent EFT training DVD will demonstrate the key elements in a prototypical EFT session; the creation of secure base; unfolding primary emotion; and creating transforming enactments. This session also shows how EFT works with an escalated and in-crisis couple facing PTSD and the echoes of war.
Patsy and Josh are a volunteer couple, already in Emotionally Focused Therapy. They are further helped through an EFT session with Sue Johnson. Patsy, suffering from deep wounds of the past, is vulnerable and fearful, and often shuts down—even though she knows her actions prevent connection with Josh. Her husband tries to be caretaker and nurturer. Johnson helps them stay with emotion, expand their connection and shapes their interaction bringing both to a safer, more loving place.