Marriage and couples counseling can help those who feel as though their relationship has: deteriorated, stagnated, lost a sense of intimacy, or been stuck in negative communication patterns and cycles.
We all have basic needs for love and connection. These needs, called attachment needs, includes: feeling safe & secure within our relationship, having the ability to express one’s emotional needs authentically and openly to their partner without feeling fear from being attacked and criticized, or fear from feeling inadequate and guilty. When we are continuously caught in negative interaction patterns and cycles with our partner, we feel chronically hurt, angry, frustrated and saddened, which often leads to yelling and screaming, acting out harshly and coldly, or withdrawing and shutting down, resulting in both partners feeling disconnected and alone in the relationship. When our relationships escalate to the point where there are more negative than positive exchanges, we begin feeling hopeless and often begin looking for a way out, which sometimes and more often, can be more damaging to ourselves and other family members in the long-run. Fortunately, there is Emotion Focused Therapy for couples (EFT), which has been recognized by the American Psychological Association as a leading and empirically proven form of couples therapy that has a high success rate in leading couples back to healthy and stable interactions.
The power and effectiveness of Emotion-Focused Therapy is truly a break-through in treating distressed couples and marriages. Marriage and couples counseling can save months and even years of treatment versus ordinary couples therapy.