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Argosy University, Hawaii

Suite #400 Maui Rm

1001 Bishop Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

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Meeting: 8:00am

Introduction to EFT Live Workshop With Dr. Cindy Zane: 9-11:00am

2 CEU's given by MFT-HI

MFT Hawaii Presentation – August 18, 2018

The Science of Love & Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)

Presenter: Cindy Goodness Zane, Psy.D., J.D.

:Sue Johnson, Ed.D, propounded a revolutionary theory of romantic love: "We are neurologically

hardwired to seek deeply connected relationships because secure attachment forms a powerful survival


.1 Our need for closeness, nurturance & contact comfort persists “from cradle to grave.”2 In

heath, connected relationships consist of trust, constant attunement, misattunement & reattunement,

emotional accessibility, engagement & responsiveness. In disconnection, partners exhibit predictable

patterns of distress caused by relational threats. Sadly, caught amidst primal panic, reactive emotion &

behavioral protest or withdrawal, partners have no idea how to extricate themselves from their storms &

heal their relationship.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), primarily developed by Dr. Johnson, is a structured, experiential,

attachment-oriented & time-limited approach to couples therapy that is well-grounded in a substantial

body of research that shows: (1) 90% of couples undergoing EFT show significant improvement; (2) 70-

75% of couples move from distress to recovery; & (3) partners, after EFT, can soothe the threat of pain

via physical touch.

3 For clinicians, EFT provides an attachment lens to understanding relationship distress

& a roadmap to guide couples to de-escalation, healing & maintenance of connection.

This presentation will introduce participants to EFT by: (1) presenting its theory, specifically its view of

healthy relationships, distressed relationships & the pathway/agent of change to restoring health to the

relationship; (2) describing the negative interaction patterns of distressed couples; & (3) setting forth an

overview of the EFT roadmap.

Presenter Bio

Cindy obtained her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service & her

Juris Doctorate from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. Thereafter, she

practiced law for 8.5 years, mostly as a trial attorney for the Office of the Public Defender. Longing for a

more meaningful professional life, Cindy returned to graduate school & earned her Doctorate in Clinical

Psychology from Argosy University/Hawaii. She has a private practice in Honolulu. Of everything she

does in her clinical practice, Cindy most enjoys working with couples on their relationships because life is

so much more enriching & less overwhelming when you have someone special to share it with. Cindy is

the first Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor-in-Training in Hawaii. She is also the

organizer for EFT trainings in Hawaii & the facilitator for the Hawaii Community for Emotionally

Focused Therapy (HiCEFT).


Johnson, S.M. (2013). Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships.

New York: Little, Brown and Company.


Bowlby, John. (1988). A Secure Base: Clinical Applications of Attachment Theory. Basic Books.


Johnson, S.M., Burgess Moser, M., Beckes, L., Smith, A., Dalgleish, T., Halchuk, R., Hasselmo,

K., Greenman, P.S., Merali, Z. & Coan, J.A. (2013). “Soothing the threatened brain: Leveraging

contact comfort with Emotionally Focused Therapy.”

PLOS ONE, 8(11): e79314.

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Argosy University, Hawaii

Suite #400 Maui Rm

1001 Bishop Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

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