Introduction to Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy


Fri, Mar 13, 2020    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Bookings closed


NIU Naperville Conference Center
1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL, 60563

Event Type

The Dance of Attachment: Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy with Couples


Event Details

Date: March 13, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fee: $75
Location: NIU Naperville Conference Center (1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563)
CE Credit:
– Master level clinicians: 3 CE’s included for free
– Psychologists: CE’s can be purchased with add-on option for $30

Presenter: Don Zeidlhack, PsyD ABPP


Dr. Don Zeidlhack is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Naperville. Dr. Zeidlhack’s practice serves families, couples, individuals, and adolescents and helps clients with a broad range of presenting concerns including marital issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, and addiction. Dr. Zeidlhack is Board Certified in Couples and Family Therapy, ICEEFT-certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), and is a Certified EFT Supervisor for clinicians who want to learn EFT. In addition to his therapy practice Dr. Zeidlhack leads weekend intensive Hold Me Tight (HMT) retreats for couples.


Program Description

EFT is a structured, experiential model of couple therapy, rooted in adult attachment theory, that helps partners move from conflict, distance and distress to increased openness, trust and deeper emotional engagement. As reactive cycles of conflict and distance that fuel distress are identified and resolved, the therapist then helps couples access and expand the underlying vulnerable emotions so partners shift their relationship to one of secure engagement, leading to a strong and enduring attachment bond.

The effectiveness of EFT is strongly supported by over 30 years of respected outcome research, with success rates of up to 70%, and a growing body of process research that helps identify the most impactful interventions that help create lasting change. At least two-thirds of therapists see couples in their practice and many lack a clear, empirically supported treatment model that increases effectiveness. This introductory program provides both new and experienced therapists the theory and basic practice concepts as used with diverse populations and presenting issues.

This detailed overview utilizes video examples, brief exercises and discussion to facilitate participants’ understanding of EFT.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
1. Describe couple distress from an attachment perspective
2. Name and describe 3 adult attachment styles
3. Identify the three key change events of EFT
4. Distinguish features of primary and secondary emotion
5. Describe process of moving between individual and relational focus

Register now to learn more about EFT and how it can serve well with your clinical work with couples!


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Written by Fei Yee
In her couples work, Fei works with those who find themselves stuck in a pattern of conflict or disconnect. Whether the clients are experiencing a significant life transition, infidelity, or loss, Fei holds hope for building trust and creating connection through the challenging process. Fei holds a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College, and has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). As a certified PREPARE-ENRICH facilitator, Fei also provides pre-marital counseling to help partners prepare for the big transition, or marital check-ups for married couples.
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