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Training Aimed at Treating Relationship Distress

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NY clinic staff taking an online training in 2016.

The Cohen Veterans Network is continuously providing training opportunities to our clinical staff around the country designed to help bring the best, tailored care to our clients possible. Our latest training session will focus on Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT).

“Relationship distress is the single most common reason for seeking therapy. It undermines family functioning and is strongly associated with depression and anxiety. EFT is a short-term approach that applies attachment theory to understand couple distress,” said Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D.

This training will be led by Dr. Simakhodskaya, a licensed psychologist and a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. She describes EFT, in three stages, as focusing on helping partners shift the emotional responses that maintain their insecure attachment bond and negative interactions. The therapist leads the couple away from conflict deadlock and toward new bonding interactions, creating a renewed sense of love, closeness, and security.

EFT also lends itself well to working with couples where one or both partners are suffering from specific problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, a history of trauma, low sexual desire and/or other sexual problems. Studies indicate that 70-75% of couples move from relationship distress to recovery.

By Anthony Guido, CVN Vice President of Communications & Marketing