Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) – or emotionally focused couples therapy as it is sometimes known – is a short-term therapy technique focused on adult relationships. EFT seeks to help clients better understand both their own emotional responses and those of significant people in their lives. A therapist using EFT will look for patterns in the relationship and identify methods to create a more secure bond, increase trust, and help the relationship grow in a healthy direction. In a session, the therapist will observe the interactions between clients, tie this behavior into dynamics in the home, and help guide new interactions based on more open feelings. Sometimes, this includes clients discovering more emotions and feelings than they were aware they had. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of

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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a widely used method primarily for couple therapy, but can be used on an individual approach. To me, this is the approach of choice. EFT is about re-building that emotional connection with your partner. Getting past the surface level problems and diving into the sub-layers where most conflict comes from. Do you feel alone and out of touch with your partner? Are you holding on to past issues because they are unresolved? If you answered yes, contact me today!

— Heather Nemeth, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Western Springs, IL

Our emotional state shapes the way we think and interpret our life experiences. Discovering there is no emotional experience that does not have a benefit can help you unlock your best life journey.

— Sheldon Kay, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Duluth, GA

Find out more about how I can help you with Emotionally Focused Therapy via my speciality webpage for couples: https://www.timholtzmantherapy.com/couples-therapy

— Tim Holtzman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA

My approach to meeting with clients has been deeply influenced by the work of Sue Johnson with Emotionally Focused Therapy, a highly researched and validated, evidence-based model. We'll work together to help you and your partner repair your ability to trust each other again and feel deeply connected.

— Marla Mathisen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Convenient and effective online relationship therapy in Park City, Salt Lake and everywhere across Utah, UT

I have current and ongoing training in Emotionally Focused therapy. EFT is an attachment-based therapy that helps clients face existential life issues by creating a solid sense of self and resiliency. This type of therapy is experiential and offers corrective experiences to help clients relate better to themselves and others in a safe and secure way.

— Joshua Bogart, Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

Do you find you and your partner(s) are getting stuck in the same argument over and over? You know you both care for each other but neither of you feel heard and seen. Using Emotionally Focused Therapy, I can help you get in touch with your deeper emotions, address your relational conflict cycle, and build safe & emotionally connected relationships.

— Taylor Kravitz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I believe one of the best ways to work through emotional pain is to first allow yourself to feel it. I often work to help clients change their relationship with their emotions from one of avoidance to acceptance. I see value in attending to emotional injuries and pain, while also attending to the influence of early experiences. I practice emotion-focused work in both my individual and couples work.

— Hannah Muetzelfeld, Psychologist

My approach to therapy is authentic, relational, and trust based. I believe in the power of attachment, our need to be accepted, and in our longing for authentic personal connection with others. I have received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and am currently working towards the designation of Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist.

— Jason Powell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI

For individuals, EFT enables exploration and transformation of emotional states contributing to distress, fostering self-acceptance and resilience. For couples, EFT delves into the emotional bond, unearthing unmet needs and improving communication, conflict resolution, and emotional intimacy. For families, EFT unravels interaction patterns, enhancing communication and connections among family members.

— Janice Reyes, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach formulated on the theory that emotions are key to identity, decision making, and relationships. As an EFT therapist, I believe that in order to understand the important information emotions provide, we need our focus to be more on an awareness and acceptance of our emotions rather than attempting to suppress and control our emotions. Using this approach can help uncover the complexities of a relationship in couples counseling.

— Hannah Brooks, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Emotions play a critical role in therapy and our daily lives. I help individuals truly understand how their emotions play an integral role in their lives and how they can connect with their emotions in a way that allows them to become empowered by them. This is what is meant by experiential therapy and putting clients in the driver seat of their therapeutic experience.

— Daniel Lavelle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vienna, VA

In my work with couples and other relationship configurations, I draw primarily from my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is the gold standard for evidence-based interventions in relationship work; it helps you and your loved ones establish safety and connection. I also weave in interventions from The Gottman Method with Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Collaborative Couples Counseling with Dr. Dan Wile, and Modern Relationships with Esther Perel.

— Judy Huang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I have received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and am currently working towards the designation of a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist.

— Jason Powell, Marriage & Family Therapist in Coral Gables, FL

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) focuses on helping individuals and couples improve their emotional connections in their relationships. Communication becomes peaceful, disagreements and past hurts are easier to discuss, and your ability to love and be loved improves for the better.

— Lauren Timkovich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I have completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for the treatment of couples. I am currently taking the steps towards certification in this therapeutic modality.

— Erica Christmas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

Nearly 10 years of clinical experience and advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Our team specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy. We have all received advanced training in EFT. Some are Certified in EFT, and the others are working towards Certification. We regularly invest in advancing our skill as couples therapists using EFT, deepening knowledge in specialty topics such as helping couples reconnect sexually; work through a partner's trauma, depression or anxiety; working through relationship crises such as affairs or addictons; and helping couples restore relationships at risk of divorce and significant disconnection.

— Thrive Couple & Family Counseling Services, Counselor in Englewood, CO