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

Meet the specialists

I believe that our deepest emotions can help us guide you to who you really are, what you need, and what's important to you. In my emotion-focused work, I have witnessed so many transformation that would not have been possible if we stay on the superficial realms talking about thoughts/cognition. The work of connecting you with yourself again towards self-love and embodiment is what makes life worth living.

— Lina Pranata, Psychologist in Seattle, WA

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

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 Greenwood Village, CO

EFT is an attachment-based model of working with intimate partners. Together we'll explore the underlying emotions that drive distressing communication and behavioral patterns and you'll learn more about your partner as you work towards building safe and secure attachment.

— Deanna Richards, Mental Health Counselor in NEW YORK, NY

I have completed the EFT Externship and have used EFT in my practice for many years as well as taken other EFT training at conferences.

— Sheila Addison, Counselor in Oakland, CA

Many couples find that they keep having the same fight over and over again. They try to compromise, problem solve, and mediate the disagreement. But nothing seems to help. That's because the fights aren't really about the "problem", they are about deep emotional needs and wounds that get activated by the intimacy of a relationship. EFT helps couples recognize the underlying emotional triggers and teaches them to support each other's emotional needs while resolving conflicts.

— Jacob Brown, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte madera, CA

When couples come to me after the discovery of an affair, the emotional bond between them appears broken. I help them to pick up the pieces by exploring the unmet attachment needs they are each dealing with. Emotion is the music of the dance of love. Change the music; change the dance.

— Mark Cagle, Counselor in Dallas, TX

I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. EFT provides a map to connection and helps us to udnerstand the patterns and cycles that keep us stuck and disconnected.

— Kelsey Riddle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

Emotionally focused therapy is a way to help couples get below the surface issues of repeating conflict and instead focus on deepening their bond and intimate connection.

— Kristal DeSantis, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and anxiety to couples counseling and building self-confidence and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for!

— Raquele Williams, Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

My primary theoretical orientation is Emotion Focused Therapy as described by Dr. Les Greenberg, (developed for treatment of an individual). My primary use of EFT is based on its empirical/research support, assistance to individuals in understanding, expressing, accepting, regulating, and transforming their emotional responses, and warm, supportive approach.

— Dr. Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

Using EFT with couples can often bring amazing results when the partner of the wounded one, can gain a new perspective and see his or partner's view. This is where true understanding and then compassion, hopefully forgiveness can happen. EFT is all about expanding the view and allow the connection to grow in a safe environment. Many times the safe place is my office. Once a couple gets a "taste" of safety and the need for connection is ignited once again, magic happens.

— Elizabeth Havens, Marriage & Family Therapist in Orlando, FL