Michael T. Clifford

STM

WA State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Cert. Emotion Focused Therapist, ICEEFT; Member, Seattle EFT; Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, 1974-2015 (ret.); Cert. Gottman Institute Clinician

I am fully retired as of July 12, 2019. I am not accepting new or returning clients. 

If you are interested in working with an EFT therapist, please search http:/www.seattleeft.com/ for clinicians in our area. LCN has a fine staff who deal with a wide range of personal issues and can assist you in many ways on your journey. Please look at their information on this website to find the best fit for you.

Personal Information 

I have been a therapist with Lutheran Counseling Network since 1981.  I had been in practice since 1974. I wish to thank LCN for its support of my work for over 40 years. I wish to thank all my clients for teaching me so much and being patient with me as I learned.

I have used Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), developed by Sue Johnson, Ph.D. in working with couples.

EFT helps clients surface and express the more tender feelings that couples frequently have difficulty saying to each other.  The emphasis in this method is on creating an atmosphere of emotional safety in the sessions in order to create secure emotional bonds.  The approach assists couples in identify and changing repetitive negative patterns and in having difficult conversations without them spiraling into conflict and more hurt.  

EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of marital distress and adult love. These conceptualizations are supported by empirical research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment. Change strategies and interventions are specified. The change process and change events have been mapped into nine steps and three change events. EFT has been validated by 15 years of empirical research.

Email: mclifford@lutherancounseling.net     

Mailing Address: 2702 Rockefeller, Everett WA  98201

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