Making the decision to seek professional help can be a very difficult one. There may be significant personal fears or biases about therapy. There may also be resistance from a spouse or partner to overcome. In our work with marriages and couples we have noticed that people usually suffer for months or years before seeking help. When they do make the choice to find help it is often right after a significant event or series of events that leaves them feeling desperate and powerless. In the midst of this crisis you are now faced with the decision of WHO to seek professional help from. In order to help you make this decision I have included a short explanation of the model I work from and why.
My thirteen years in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy have led me to rely on a model of treatment that has not only been proven to work but also one that makes intuitive sense. It has more research supporting its effectiveness then any other treatment for couples therapy. It provides a road map for understanding why relationships go wrong and how to repair them when they do. It provides a lens for making sense of the negative cycle couples get stuck in and how to build intimacy and connection. The treatment is called Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT. The founder of the model is Sue Johnson and she has written a book for couples called "Hold me Tight". I recommend all couples read through this book before attending a couples retreat or an intensive.
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