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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Often times, people end up in therapy because they are struggling with difficult emotions. EFT is an approach that changes your relationship with your emotions by promoting understanding of how your emotions can help you and teaching alternate ways of coping with difficult emotions.

— Amber Sylvan, Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is my primary treatment modality for couples. With the guidance of EFT principles, I help clients recognize their maladaptive patterns of relating. They are then taught how to recognize these patterns in the moment and choose a healthier and more productive communication style. Once clients are able to develop healthier communication skills, they are able to engage in deeper forms of communication that promote healing and connection.

— Catherine Reynolds, Clinical Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

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

Emotionally Focused Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for couples, focusing on the patterns of communication that happen in the relationship. I help couples learn to identify your cycle of conflict, so you can predict (and avoid!) patterns that lead to arguing, feeling on edge, and being stuck in the pain of disconnection. In EFT, couples learn how to stop the cycle of conflict, as well as how to find new levels of safety and connection with one another to strengthen your bond.

— Shelly Crosby, Psychologist in Long Beach, CA

Using EFT, it is possible to understand what is happening when you and your partner are plagued by the same unproductive, dysfunctional patterns over and over again. Let me show you how to understand what is really happening and how you can solve it once and for all.

— Ashley Evans, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

At the core of any eating disorder or body image struggles is a sense of unworthiness. The challenges are also a way to cope with emotions. Therefore, focusing on re-learning how to feel is an integral part of growth and recovery.

— Body Expressions Eating Disorder Services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Invest in your Relationship Future with EFT Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a research-based approach to couples and family therapy proven to improve relationships and deepen emotional bonds. With EFT, you will learn to communicate effectively, deepen your connection, and create a more, loving and fulfilling relationship.

— Lisa Chen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

All of our therapists are trained extensively in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and specialize in couples counseling.

— Kristina Lujan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO

The root of all healing comes from processing emotion, and this is not an easy thing to do. As humans we avoid, resist, and repress in order to protect ourselves. Using EFT, I can build a relationship with my clients, pull the emotion out, and help make connections. Therapy is a safe space to process emotions and my clients and I work together to break down those barriers.

— Jacqueline Siempelkamp, Licensed Professional Counselor in Radnor, PA

Mind mapping. It is a skill that I use in almost every session and helps my clients understand their historical emotions and figure out what they want to do with their emotions in the future. This is only one skill that I infuse into sessions to help give emotions the primary focus.

— Matt Coffman, Licensed Professional Counselor

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 apply Emotionally Focused Therapy in my work with couples. I completed all levels of training in EFT in ICEEFT

— Maria Grishkina, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Plantation, FL

My primary approach is Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy. This approach was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and is based on attachment theory. In sessions, we will focus on noticing and describing your emotions. We will also process how our interactions affect your emotions and how other relationships in your life affect your emotions as well. This approach can be particularly helpful for people experiencing anxiety and depression.

— Matt Bouse, Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a humanistic approach to therapy developed in tandem with the science of adult attachment theory. It is used to address depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress. It focuses on reshaping both internal experience and external patterns of engagement with others. I have completed extensive continuing education in this modality of therapy, and implemented it with clients for over 20 years.

— Roberta Ballard, Psychologist in Marietta, GA

EFT uses a series of steps to work towards building a stronger bond. Through actively engaging with each other with empathy and shared vulnerability, couples begin to understand and resolve their conflict and distress. The therapist aims to bring the couple to a place where they can soften criticism and blame, can engage rather than withdraw and risk reaching out to each other. Trust can grow and flourish within such a shared experience.

— Sarah Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

In my work with couples, I explore attachment issues and identify unhealthy emotional and behavioral patterns.

— Jackie Lee, Therapist in Dallas, TX