The Heart of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT):

Stage Two Change Events Session by Session with Dr. Kathryn Rheem


Therapy provided by and video packages produced by Dr. Kathryn Rheem, LMFT, Director of the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT (WBCEFT) and EFT Trainer certified by International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

Each of these video packages is an application of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT; Johnson, 2004) with a couple being seen in private practice with Dr. Kathryn Rheem, LMFT. The first video package (sessions 1 – 5) is of the female partner’s Withdrawer Re-engagement, the first EFT Stage Two change event. The second video package (sessions 6 – 10) is his Pursuer Softening, the second Stage Two change event in EFT. Both change events are necessary to achieve the Stage Two goal of re-structuring the couple’s bond. This series starts with the first session of Stage Two.

Package 2 is five sessions focused on his pursuer softening. As she remains engaged, he stays longer in his primary emotion and takes many risks to reach for her from his more vulnerable feelings. You’ll see his process as he shifts his focus from her to his own inner world. You’ll see him find his courage to connect with his deeper pain again and again and then share with his wife. He reaches beautifully and she’s so responsive!