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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Using an integrated EFT approach I help couples and individuals identify their primary emotions, work through maladaptive responses, and develop empathy and compassion for themselves and others.

— Alana Ogilvie, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is the main lens through which I work. In my experience both as a client and as a therapist, EFT is the most powerful therapeutic approach to couples therapy.I have completed the Externship, Core Skills and Supervision required for certification and am in process of becoming certified. I have also completed advanced training on EFT and sexual health, postpartum, depression and EFIT (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy).

— Kori Meyers, Counselor in Nashville, TN

I am currently being trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with anticipated completion in spring of 2021. EFT attunes to our own emotions and emotional regulation as well as how they interact with those of our partner(s). I primarily use EFT with relationships (monogamous couples as well as polyamorous/open relationships), though the benefits of my training can also be utilized with individuals.

— Ajay Dheer, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Beaverton, OR
 

Emotionally Focused Therapy helps you gain insight into your feelings to help deepen relationships, improve decision making, expand self knowledge and emotional awareness.

— Alexandra (Sasha) Goodman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake, OH

I specialize in using Emotionally Focused Therapy, the gold standard of the American Counseling Association, to facilitate healing with couples, individuals, and families. For years I've particularly worked with infidelity & betrayal trauma to bring relief. "EFT" gets to core of the issue, seeing the problem as not the people involved but the disconnection itself as the root. It is a warm, humanistic approach with a clear roadmap of how to get to change.

— Anna Gray Baker, Psychotherapist
 

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a type of short-term therapy that is used to improve attachment and bonding in adult relationships. This approach to couples therapy was developed by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in the 1980s and is rooted in research on love as an attachment bond. While often used for couples, it has also been adapted for use with families. This treatment can help couples and family members form a more secure emotional bond, which can result in a stronger relationships

— Megan Moeller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Puyallup, WA

Our most vulnerable feelings such as fear, sadness, loneliness, etc. are often masked with secondary emotions such as anger and contempt. This happens because it is much more comfortable to express secondary feelings like anger than to express feelings like loneliness. Learning to talk about your vulnerable feeling with a safe person can help you feel more accepted, build more meaningful relationships, and become more present for your loved ones.

— Manny Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Clemente, CA
 

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

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 Hinsdale, IL
 

I have received training in EFT directly from the founder of the modality: Dr. Sue Johnson, as well as one of her most well-known trainers: Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen. I have completed two 4-day EFT externships, & am currently receiving advanced training & supervision in the modality (Core Skills).

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

My clients would say my approach of Emotionally Focused Therapy is both challenging and rewarding. This method gently and steadfastly supports each partner in uncovering and sharing underlying feelings, and having the experience witnessed and received by the other partner. Often these are emotions that fuel anger, discontent, arguments and physical distancing that is so painful for couples. Giving them space helps to shift things, and points to tools on sustaining a new closeness.

— Robin K. Schnitzler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Middleton, WI
 

Emotionally Focused Therapy helps you gain insight into your feelings to help deepen relationships, improve decision making, expand self knowledge and emotional awareness.

— Alexandra (Sasha) Goodman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake, OH

I have completed the Externship, Core Skills and Supervision required for certification and am in process of becoming certified. I have also completed advanced training on EFT and sexual health, postpartum, depression and EFIT (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy).

— Kori Meyers, Counselor in Nashville, TN
 

I have attended externship training and use this technique along with Gestalt exclusively for couples therapy. When a couples situation does not call for the use of either modality, I use a systemic approach, which is the basis of Marriage & Family Therapy.

— Anna Schäfer Edwards, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Cooper City, FL

When I began using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) it was because my supervisor at the time suggested it. I was skeptical, especially given that I was working with some very "passionate" couples. To take them from anger into calm, vulnerable communication seemed unlikely. But I was proven wrong again and again. EFT just works. And I'm happy to say that the research agrees.

— Jeremy Scataglini, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ