emotionally focused therapy (EFT)

The Hold Me Tight Program is based on the wisdom and extensive research of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.  Their philosophy is as follows:

“We adhere to the philosophy that relationships are at the core of human experience.  Research indicates that emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral components of mental and physical health, and that emotionally focused interventions have the power to establish and recreate supportive bonds among individuals.  We are therefore dedicated to the understanding and enhancement of couple and family relationships through an emphasis on emotions and their interpersonal impact.  We believe that all people can maximize their potential given a nurturing social environment, which we endeavor to foster in our work with clients.”  From iceeft.com.

Research shows that:

  • 70-73% of couples recover after a course of EFT and 90% report significant improvement.
  • Couples continue to improve after completing EFT treatment and are unlikely to relapse.
  • EFT positively affects depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other individual emotional conditions.
  • Emotionally fulfilling relationships are essential to mental and physical health.

Couples therapists with training Emotionally Focused Therapy can be found in most states and many countries throughout the world.  The Hold Me Tight facilitators are convenient to greater Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland.  At iceeft.com, you can also search for a therapist by location.  If you are unable to locate an EFT therapist in your area then consider traveling to a Hold Me Tight weekend workshop and then doing some research to find a therapist who can assist you in following the model.  If you are willing to travel several EFT therapists do intensive therapy over two or three days.  If you are interested in this option contact a Hold Me Tight facilitator for assistance.

Additional resources for learning about EFT are herehere and here.

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