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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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

Emotionally focused therapy is particularly useful when I work with couples. This model is great at highlighting the intent of each person, uncovering foundational beliefs that impact perceptions, and creating meaningful new experiences between partners. If you have tried couples therapy previously and not experienced relief, this modality can be effective in creating a platform for each person to feel heard and understood.

— Tera Buerkle, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Lexington, KY

I will work with you to understand the emotional content that hijacks your relationship and teach you how to safely communicate with one another. You will learn about your reactive cycles, fears, and emotional triggers that create conflict in your relationship. Safe communication builds trust, intimacy, love, and partnership.

— William Hemphill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA

I have completed the first step in becoming a certified EFT therapist, and will be completing the second step this Spring. I help people understand and connect with their emotions on a deep level by exploring their emotional inner world.

— Meredith Bacon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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

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

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

As a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, I have completed several experiential trainings with certified EFT therapists across the globe.

— Michael Davidson, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Tallahassee, FL

EFT is based on attachment and works to help clients understand their behaviors and feelings in terms of their attachment experiences and style. EFT assumes that the ineffective behaviors you are using are your wise attempt to get your emotional and relationship needs met and were what you learned from your primary caregivers growing up. By identifying unmet emotional and relationship needs, we can find new ways of getting these needs met, allowing you to develop new, healthy patterns.

— Linda Baggett, Psychologist in Manhattan Beach, CA

Emotions are connected to our most essential needs. They rapidly alert us to situations important to our well-being. They also prepare and guide us to take action towards meeting our needs. Individuals and couples benefit from therapy with the help of an empathically attuned relationship with their therapist, who seeks to help them to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform, and more flexibly manage their emotions.

— Michael Bricker, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

After training in Emotionally Focused Therapy in graduate school, I completed the formal EFT Externship from the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

— Annie Alesandrini, Psychotherapist

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

Looking at humans through the lens of their emotions gives me an idea of their drivers. Not always, but a lot of the time, knowing where a behavior comes from helps to eliminate it. Accessing and expanding awareness of unacknowledged feelings associated with the family’s negative pattern. Addressing problems within relation blocks reinforcing this distress. Facilitating the sharing of unmet attachment needs and effective caregiving responses.

— Kathryn Krug, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santee, CA

I have advanced training in EFT. I have been through the externship and core skills.

— Jennifer Kendall, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Frisco,, TX

EFT therapy is the most evidence based therapy for couples

— Dr. Karen Kuemerle-Pinillos, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT

Therapy is a space that is created with a professional. In this space, there is a safe exploration of the present and past for the client to gain more insight and awareness that will help move through any difficulties the client is facing. Therapy is a journey. It requires openness, trust, and communication. There are different modalities of therapy.

— Dawn Clark, Counselor in Naples, FL