Friday, January 28, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
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W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. 
Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

1/28/22 - Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Training 

Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) as a theoretical basis, Dr. Sutton will provide an introduction to EFT theory, and discuss how to integrate knowledge from Gottman research, and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing when working with individual issues in a couples context such as ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, and trauma.  

EFT is an effective, evidence based approach to working with couples.  Research studies have found that 70-73% of couples move from distress to recovery and 86% show significant improvements when treated with EFT. This collaborative approach mixes experiential Rogerian techniques with structural, systemic interventions that extend the ideas of attachment theory to romantic relationships.  Advances in the study of emotional regulation support EFT's use of emotion as a primary source of information to the self and to others about needs and motives as a primary route to connecting with attachment figures.  

With the theoretical grounding of EFT, we will discuss how to move between working with individual issues and incorporating partners into treatment, and how to treat individual issues within the context of couples therapy when the clients can not afford multiple therapists.  We will also discuss how to use knowledge from other couples therapy approaches (e.g., Gottman, Languages of Love, Behavioral Couples Therapy, Strategic Couples Therapy, sex therapy), and how they can inform our treatment using EFT with couples.

W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. has been working with couples for the past ten years using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as Gottman Method Couples Therapy approaches.  He is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. Dr. Sutton primarily uses the techniques and theory of EFT, but finds the Gottman research helpful in understanding couples experiences, thus assisting in tracking the cycle.   He also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR into his work when treating individual issues in the context of the couple.