Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) Taster Workshop

Nicola McCarry MA; CQSW, PGdipST PGdipSTTS UKCP and Gill Wyse BA; Dip SW; MSc. UKCP registered.

Saturday 14 May 2016 10:00 – 16:00

Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED

Workshop cost: £110/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early bird booking at 15% discount until 1April 2016

The Workshop:

The workshop will introduce Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples; a recent exciting influence on couple therapy in the UK. EFT is said to be a short term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the 1980's and originally developed by Dr Les Greenberg and Dr Sue Johnson in Canada. It is founded on attachment theory and combines Rogers empathic and validating therapy model with Minuchin’s family systems theory and relational interactional cycles. EFT is also applicable to therapy with individuals and families.

Gill and Nicola will make connections with neuroscience and outline the theory and practice of this 3 stage, 9 step model. They will illustrate aspects of the model through clinical examples, film clips and exercises. They will have a particular focus on explaining and intervening in the ‘negative cycle’ of interaction. Addressing each couple’s negative cycle helps to de-escalate couple distress and shapes the way forward enabling more transformative vulnerable moments where couples can connect emotionally and foster secure and enduring change in their relationships. The model has been shown to be effective cross culturally and with heterosexual, same sex partnerships and families. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

The taster day will give participants a clear understanding of the EFT model and how effective it is. The workshop is aimed at and will be useful for therapists working with couples, families and groups and for individual therapists who would like to go on to train using EFT with couples.

The Trainers:

Nicola McCarry is a couple and family therapist. She works part time in private practice in Kingston Upon Thames and in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. She is

a supervisor and visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.

Gill Wyse works in private practice as a Family and Couple therapist. She was a Consultant Family Therapist in CAMHS and Adult Psychotherapy and is a teacher, trainer and supervisor. She is also an EMDR therapist.

Both Gill and Nicola have completed training and are currently working towards international registration as EFT therapists.