1. Check our resources page.
A therapist recently wrote: “I read a few of the articles you posted on ICEEFT newsletter “Emotion is more than a feeling” and “Responding to verbal and non-verbal micro process markers in the de-escalation of Stage One” and they are super helpful!! Thank you so much for writing those as it really helps me to have better grasp of how to be a process consultant in the details of doing EFT and sometimes getting stuck.” – Casey Lee, Lexington, SC
2. Enroll in the EFT Lab – online intensives for EFT Therapists.
3. ICEEFT now promotes two online courses – Form peer study groups or work with a “study buddy.”
4. The science of love and Christian faith are singing the same song. Listen and see how the science of love and Christian faith attachment theory fits perfectly with the Christian Gospel. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” -1 John 4:8
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Shaping Secure and Loving Bonds with Christian Couples
to be presented by Dr. Sue Johnson at the conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors
September 27, 2017
5. Three Recent Articles
Two articles published in Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies 2017, Vol 16 (1)
Attachment theory as a theory of adult love and emotion regulation can provide a humanistic paradigm for therapeutic change that is relevant to a broad range of presenting problems. I advocate emotionally focused individual therapy, an attachment based experiential/systemic integration that targets concerns common across various models of individual psychotherapy: creating secure attachment, resolving negative interpersonal and intrapsychic interactive patterns, and developing effective emotion regulation strategies. I suggest that attachment theory sets the stage from which to consider individual therapy as a process of love (developing secure connections) between therapist and client, between client and past and present relationships, and within the client’s internal processes. I present principles of attachment, discuss how these principles can fruitfully shape the therapeutic relationship, define the destination for change, offer guidance for working with emotion and shape interventions and change processes. The change processes which I present and illustrate with a case example are as follows: (1) identifying patterns of emotion regulation and deepening the underlying emotion and (2) creating corrective emotional experiences that can transform these patterns into secure bonds interpersonally and intrapsychically.
The composer Mozart stated, ‘Love guards the heart from the abyss’. Simple, sentimental perhaps. If we understand ‘love’ to mean secure responsive attachment, this attachment indeed protects us from despair and grows our ability to deal well with our vulnerability. I hope you will see from this presentation how this simple phrase ‘captures’ attachment science, which is all about how safe connection with others offers us emotional balance. It also captures Carl Rogers’s basic vision of our species: a vision which states that we grow and stand tall in the shelter of each other. I suggest that the most obvious and elegant clinical implementation of attachment science is humanistic experiential psychotherapy. My client Tom agrees with me. He remarks, ‘This bonding stuff makes sense of so much, but the things you “do” with it in these sessions help me “feel” into what it all means; helps me connect with my lady and with myself in a new way, a safe way’.
Available from: Dr. Johnson’s recent publication in the Scientific American Mind!