Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) is a structured approach to couple therapy formulated in the early 80’s by Drs. Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg. It offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns.


Clear, explicit conceptualizations of relationship distress and adult love. These conceptualizations are supported by empirical research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment.

Change strategies and interventions are specified. The change process has been mapped into nine steps and specific change events.

Research studies found that 70-75% of couples who went through EFCT moved from distress to recovery and about 90% showed significant improvements.


The training programme in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) is progressive in nature. Learners begin by acquiring the conceptual underpinnings (Module A) and then progress to skills-based learning (Module B & C). The structure is as outlined below.

  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (Module A)
  • Core Skills I in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (Module B)
  • Core Skills II in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (Module C)

Upcoming EFT Trainings

Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (Mod A) - Presented by Dr. Liu Ting

WHEN 2 to 5 August 2017

WHERE To be determined

Couples on the Brink - Discernment Counselling by Prof. Bill Doherty

WHEN 11th August 2017

WHERE To be determined

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