The Relationship Center of Jacksonville

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Emotion-Focused Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples

Emotional responsiveness is the key to many relationship conflicts. At The Relationship Center of Jacksonville, Florida, we understand the latest emotion research and deliver effective solutions through Emotion-Focused Therapy. In your relationship with your partner or spouse, you have some core needs that are normal and sometimes called attachment needs. Wanting to feel accepted, close, understood, loved, appreciated, and important to your romantic partner strengthen your connection and emotional bond with each other. When these core needs aren't being met, you begin to feel anxious, fearful and insecure.


Lasting Love & Emotional Security

Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of EFT, has discovered three magic ingredients that are the key to lasting love and emotional security for couples. When you can reach out to your partner or spouse when you are feeling insecure or upset and receive reassurance, understanding, and compassion, this emotional responsiveness is comforting and reassuring. In her book, Hold Me Tight, Dr. Johnson describes these three components of this emotional presence using the acronym A.R.E.

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Accessibility

You can access your partner's attention, presence, and support when you need it. Consider your answers to the following questions:

  • Can I reach for you?
  • Do I matter to you?
  • Can we stay open to each other?

Responsiveness

You can count on your partner to respond to your cues and your needs. Consider your answers to the following questions:

  • Can I rely on you to respond to me when I need you?
  • Can I depend on you?

Engagement

Your partner will keep you close and cherish you as someone who holds a unique place in their life. Consider your answers to the following questions:

  • Can I rely on you to respond to me when I need you?
  • Can I depend on you?