We work with couples using a combination of techniques from Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and The Gottman Method (John Gottman), which includes Psychoeducation (PE) and skills training. Both EFT and The Gottman Method are research-based. We also help couples learn about and identify their individual attachment styles and how these styles are present in couples.
Some of the EFT Couples therapy techniques include learning how to be more responsive and attuned to each other’s emotional needs, the importance of attunement in relationships, which can be expressed in facial expressions, eye contact, and conveying a felt sense and soothing feeling to your partner, creating safety while exploring emotions, identifying negative cycles, and how accessible, responsive, and engaged each partner is.
The Gottman Method techniques include creating shared meaning, rituals of connection, and working towards dreams and aspirations, creating a meaningful dialogue with perpetual problems in a way that de-escalates tension and is geared towards effective problem-solving and physiological soothing. Couples will learn about positive sentiment override and creating a fondness and admiration system.