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Impasses and Challenges in EFT
by Rebecca Jorgensen
What can you do when you run into the inevitable obstacles of couples work? In the final volume of our EFT series with Rebecca Jorgensen, get expert advice and practical tools for dealing with common challenges in couples therapy.

How often do you find yourself feeling frustrated or helpless when working with couples? Do you doubt the viability of the relationship, your own skills? Do you worry that you’re making things worse rather than better? No matter our level of clinical expertise, couples therapists frequently find themselves stymied by therapeutic challenges.

This final volume in Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step tackles these challenges head on. Jorgensen and colleagues demonstrate how to handle an array of tough issues that can show up in the work. This includes both therapist and client issues, such as ruptures in alliances, trauma history, attachment injuries, intellectualizing, and more.

With multiple vignettes from actual cases combined with incisive commentary, this video offers invaluable tools and strategies to help you get your couples back on track. Building on the previous three volumes in the series, Jorgensen returns to major topics and themes for further depth and detail. From maintaining the attachment frame to managing reactivity and dealing with shame, you’ll find all you need to ensure that your clients—and you—continue to feel hopeful and confident. This final volume, as well as the entire 4-video series, is a must-have for those seeking a deep dive into the theory and practice of EFT. 

What therapists are saying…

"Powerful and unique! This in-depth and thorough course is an amazing resource for all couple therapists. Seeing so many examples of seasoned EFT therapists working with real couples is invaluable to really understand the subtleties and depth of this approach; I heartily recommend it."

-- Dr. Sue Johnson, developer of EFT; Director of International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
"I never knew learning can be so much fun. Like a riveting movie, these master therapists engage us, and take therapists on an inspiring journey that will greatly increase their effectiveness and confidence in doing couples therapy. This is a must-see for every therapist working with couples."

-- George Faller, LMFT, founder of New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
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Couples therapy is one of the most challenging approaches in our field—yet most therapists spend years winging it before feeling secure in the work. Clinicians new to it often learn trial by fire, which can lead to ineffective and very frustrating outcomes for all involved. Even more seasoned therapists avail themselves of training to manage this difficult population. In the interests of helping both new and seasoned therapists navigate these rough waters, we’re thrilled to present this groundbreaking series on Emotionally Focused Therapy with expert trainer Rebecca Jorgensen. Here, you’ll find a clear framework for transforming relationships using the evidence-based method’s proven techniques.

Volume 4, the final title in this series, offers an in-depth look at the most common clinical challenges of the method. Jorgensen (as interviewed by Victor Yalom) begins with an overview of oft-encountered impasses. She then focuses in on each one, deconstructing incidents, reframing them in terms of attachment, and showing how various clinicians handle them. Jorgensen and her team of colleagues demonstrate actual EFT sessions with five couples, illustrating how corrective experiences look in the room. She even includes clinical misses here, for a very accessible guide that normalizes these challenges and helps reassure therapists that repair is indeed possible.

Between reestablishing the therapeutic alliance, keeping the focus on primary emotions, and gently but firmly restructuring interactions, this video offers the support you need to refresh your work with couples. If you’re in search of must-have EFT resources, look no further than this 4-video series.

By watching this video, you will:
• Understand the main obstacles EFT therapists face with couples.
• Find core EFT interventions for maintaining the alliance, managing reactivity, and working with trauma.
• Learn to reinforce your attachment-based lens in order to stay focused on a couple’s relational process. 

Length of video: 2:52:00

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-527-0

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-527-4

Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD is Founder and Director of the Attachment Advancement Institute and Co-Director of The Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Supervisor and Trainer. Her focus is on promoting effective attachment for healthy relationships through virtual and in-person educational conferences and workshops as well as training and providing consultation on effective treatment of relational distress. She has developed several streaming conferences and seminars and has hosted and/or co-presented with attachment theorists and researchers such as Sue Johnson, Phil Shaver and Jim Coan. She continues to work to develop effective methods and platforms to transfer science-based treatments to clinicians and those who will utilize prevention services.

As a recognized expert on couple therapy couples and therapists travel to work with Dr. Jorgensen at Couple Workshops, Intensive Couples Therapy, Professional Trainings and Consultation. Her online educational programs and consultation groups are popular all around the globe. This “therapists’ therapist” is known for her presence, clarity and empathy. Dr. Jorgensen lives in Mexico where she maintains a small private practice.

CE credits: 2.5

Learning Objectives:

  • List the main obstacles EFT therapists face with couples
  • Discuss EFT relationship interventions when working with trauma
  • Plan couples treatment that strengthens their attachment base

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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