Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: The Negative Cycle

This month on the blog, I am going to share core concepts related to the form of couples therapy that I utilize in sessions- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). You can see a previous blog for an overview of the model.

The concept of a negative cycle is central to EFT. The negative cycle is the pattern of the interaction that has developed between partners- the cycle includes behaviors, perceptions, emotions, and needs for each partner. I am going to focus on behaviors and perceptions in this blog, and will focus on emotions and needs in the next blog. Each of these cycle components interact and create a feedback loop.

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Couples Therapy

With Valentine's Day approaching, I decided that this week might be a good week to focus on my work as a couples therapist. As you may have seen on other pages of my website, I work with both individuals and couples; and when I work with couples, I work within the context of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). So, what is EFT, and why did I choose to practice within this model?

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