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What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?

EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) is a structured approach to couples therapy which has developed alongside the science of adult attachment and bonding.  In the last fifteen years, Dr. Sue Johnson and her colleagues have further developed and refined the therapy model and conducted numerous studies.  EFT is used with families, couples and individuals. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that up to 75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. EFT is being used with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers and hospital clinics and many different cultural groups throughout the world.

Research has shown that couples utilizing EFT can effectively change their relationships from one of suffering and pain to one of recovery and healing. EFT trained therapists collaborate with couples in distress to uncover recurring issues in the marriage such as financial issues or lack of intimacy. Often repeated arguments that arise in a relationship are caused by a lack of connection or support from individuals in the couple. Helping the couple to realize and renew their bond literally changes the negative patterns and creates new, loving opportunities to heal the relationship.

Emotionally Focused Therapy has the power to improve more than just a marriage or a family. Much like a well-nurtured child can feel confident to succeed, with a new supported and safe feeling from their partner, an individual treated with an EFT approach is now able to feel safer in taking on new life challenges. This can spiral into opportunities at work, increase ability to handle conflict, form new, healthy friendships and become a more confident, happier person overall.

Goals of Emotionally Focused Therapy

To foster the creation of a secure and safe bond between partners.
To nurture the ability to tune and respond to your partner’s needs.
To expand the range of responses that help to soothe distress.