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Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) 

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy is a treatment modality developed by Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg in the 1980’s. Since then it has gained popularity by therapists and couples alike. The EFT approach is based on the idea that secure emotional bonds are the basis for adult intimacy and successful romantic relationships. EFT is a synthesis of experiential and systemic perspectives and interventions. The goals of therapy is to create a more secure and satisfying bond between two individuals by expressing and reprocessing each partner’s emotional responses that cause negative interactional positions, and shifting these positions towards accessibility and responsiveness.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Part I of II

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – part I

Acceptance and commitment therapy has its roots in behavior therapy, mindfulness and relational frame theory. It associates psychiatric problems with excessive or improper control of verbal processes, known as cognitive fusion; and the avoidance of private experiences, known as experiential avoidance (Hayes et al., 2006). ACT has been endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice. Dozens of studies have been conducted both in the US and abroad that support its effectiveness with a multitude of client concerns.

Psychological Adjustment in Adopted Children

Predictors of Psychological Adjustment in Adopted Children


The Study

A recent study has focused on the factors that predict psychological adjustment in children who were placed for adoption before they were 1.5 years old. The researchers aimed to find out what affected adopted children’s internalizing (sadness, withdrawal) and externalizing symptoms (acting out, defiance). 

Complicated Grief/Prolonged Grief Disorder

Prolonged Grief Disorder/Complicated Grief


Process of Grief

Many types of loss can have profound effects on people’s psychological functioning, but the loss of another person through death is probably the most difficult loss most people will have to face during their lifetime. Bereaved individuals often yearn intensely for the lost loved one and can experience sadness, guilt, crying as well as many other symptoms.

Social Anxiety Treatment

Social Anxiety Treatment


Social Anxiety and 3 Dysfunctional Beliefs

Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is defined as a continuous fear of social situations that might embarrass or expose one to scrutiny (APA, 2000). It is the most common anxiety disorder and one of the world’s largest mental health concerns (Bener, Gholoum, & Dafeeah, 2011). If affected individuals do not receive treatment for social anxiety, they can experience chronic anxiety as well as significant social and occupational disadvantages (Wong, Sarver, & Beidel, 2012). 

Domestic Violence - Assumptions and Treatment - Part II of II

Domestic Violence/Partner Abuse Treatment


Current Treatment and Assumptions

Whenever a battery/domestic abuse case in brought in front of a court, mandated treatment is usually part of the sentence in every jurisdiction of the United States (Dankwort & Austin, 1999). The most common model of treatment in state-sanctioned programs is called the Duluth model. It is a 12-52-week mandatory intervention following arrest that presumes battery to be a male offense influenced in large part by patriarchal values.

Domestic Violence - Characteristics of Abusers and Victims - Part I of II


Partner abuse is a worldwide problem; between 10% and 50% of all women report having been abused by their intimate partners at some point in their lives (World Health Organization, 2001). In the US, intimate partner violence is reported by 1.5 million women and 800,000 men (Gondolf & Jones, 2002). In addition, there are many more cases that are unreported to the police, mental health professionals and even researchers. Victimization is often kept secret due to embarrassment, fear of retaliation by the perpetrator, the wish to avoid legal intrusions into their lives, and the belief that abuse is unavoidable and universal.

How to Solve Problems Effectively

Worrying vs. Problem-Solving

Worrying is simply a negative thought process. When we worry, we usually focus on worst-case scenarios, and possible future problems. These negative thoughts often play in our minds like an IPod on shuffle. And even though we keep on focusing on these future ‘terrible things’, we are too anxious to think clearly and find real solutions. Instead, we just dwell in our worst fears. So worrying makes us anticipate and fear things that are unlikely to happen in the future, yet it leaves us unprepared to deal with any real problems.

Problem-solving, however, is different.

Infidelity and Couple Therapy Outcomes

Infidelity and Couple Therapy Outcomes 5 Years Following Therapy

Infidelity is a common marital problem in the United States, with prevalence rates estimated between 20-40% (Atkins, Baucom, & Jacobson, 2001). Approximately 42% of all divorcees reported more than one extramarital affair during the course of their marriages (Janus & Janus, 1993). Infidelity is linked to increased marital distress, conflict and divorce (Amato & Rogers, 1997).

Paternal Post-Partum Depression

Paternal Post-Partum Depression

Post-partum depression has long been identified as a serious condition after the birth of a child. There has been extensive research on maternal post-partum depression, which has revealed many predictors (Beck, 2001). However, there have not been a lot of studies conducted on what causes fathers’ post-partum depression. From the little data available, it seems that maternal post-partum depression is the strongest predictor of paternal post-partum depression (Paulson & Bazemore, 2010).