EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy):


All relationships have identifiable patterns regarding how they deal with problems.  These patterns can be positive or negative.  When a couple has continuous difficulty dealing with problems, this means they are stuck in what is referred to as a negative cycle.  In other words, they keep trying to solve problems the same way, even when that solution never works.

 Getting stuck in that repeating negative cycle blocks them from having the safe relationship that they want to have.  In EFT couples therapy, we identify recurring negative cycles and look at how couples trigger each other to create them.  The therapist and the couple then work together to change the negative patterns the couple is caught in and make it safe enough to have "real" conversations with one another.  The goal is to create an atmosphere of deeper emotional understanding of one another, so both partners can feel safer and happier together.  

For more information you may follow the link above to the International Centre for Excellence in EFT.


Gottman Couples Method:


When it comes to relationships, John Gottman is one of the most widely recognized and respected researchers.  He has been doing relationship focused research for over 40 years.  His research has been groundbreaking, in the respect that he was one of the first people to ask; what makes relationships work rather than focusing on what makes them not work.  Over the years, he has come up with a "blueprint" for happy, healthy relationships known as The Sound Relationship House.  This is always good news to couples who are feeling hopeless and lost. Couples are educated on The Sound Relationship House, to give them direction and goals.  


The therapist and the couple work together to strengthen a couples emotional trust and commitment to one another.  For more information, you may follow the link to The Gottman Institute.


EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  What occurs in the brain during an EMDR session appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during sleep, while you are in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase; otherwise known as the dreaming phase of sleep.  EMDR helps a person see disturbing or negative thoughts or images in a new and less distressing way.  It can literally change how your brain thinks about something.  EMDR was initially used for trauma of all types, but has now been found to be just as effective and useful in resolving many other types of issues.  For more indepth information about EMDR follow the link to the EMDR international association website.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:


Sometimes referred to as CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts, or how we think about ourselves and/or a situation cause how we feel and behave, rather than external things, people or circumstances.  In other words, negative thoughts create negative feelings, which then cause negative behavior.  The benefit of this is that we can change how we feel and behave even if circumstances, situations or other people do not change.


Role Theory:


Role theory is the idea that people define roles for themselves and others based on their experiences throughout life and what they learn based on those experiences.  People expect certain behavior and roles of others and themselves and then encourage others to act like they expect them to.  The most basic and most recognized roles within families are:  The Hero, The Mascot, The Lost or Silent Child, The Scapegoat and The Caretaker.  In role theory the idea of roles is explored within the family system and then connected to how we expand those same roles outside our families and the impact this has on our lives.  The recognition of roles that we have and that others have is always an essential element of marital/couples counseling.




Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy have a wide range of uses.  It is unfortunate that entertainers and the movie industry often portray them in a negative way and misrepresent them.  There are many misconceptions that people often have about hypnotherapy, such as the idea that a person who is hypnotized will not remember anything that is said or done.  To see a complete list of Myths and Truths about Hypnosis you can follow the link on the right.  There is a difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.  In Hypnosis, the goal is to offer suggestions to modify specific behavior.  Hypnosis is very helpful in dealing with many issues such as general anxiety, panic attacks, pain management and exam anxiety.  It is also an effective tool for weight loss and smoking cessation.  During hypnosis, the only "job" the person being hypnotized has is to lie in a comfortable position in a relaxed state and take in the positive suggestions being made.  During Hypnotherapy, the person being hypnotized verbally interacts with the therapist to uncover underlying causes and feelings for the problem or issue at hand.  This is often done by going back to the time in life where the problem began.  For more information about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy you may follow the link to the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists website.


Schema Theory:


A schema is defined as a specific, broad and consistent pattern of thought that helps us organize and interpret information.  It's really just a big word for generalizing.  All human brains make generalizations.  Making generalizations can be helpful to humans, because it can help our brains process large amounts of information.  However, it can also be harmful, because it can cause our brains to exclude or delete information, which allows us to both stereotype and keep believing something even though information actually exists to dispute the belief.  Those beliefs can be about a situation, other people or more often ourselves.  Negative beliefs about ourselves often develop in childhood and carry on into adulthood.  These persistent negative beliefs about ourselves can create a great deal of distress, in all areas of life.  For example, if someone has what we call a schema (generalized thought pattern) of failure, that person will feel like a failure in all aspects of life.  You can see how debilitating and distressing this could be.  The idea of incorporating schema theory into therapy is to identify these negative and generalized thoughts and beliefs and adopt new and more productive thoughts and beliefs.

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