About Emotionally Focused Therapy

EFT-Emotionally-Focused-TherapyDistressed couples and families often get caught in negative cycles of anger and blame, or icy silence and withdrawal, making even everyday problems impossible to resolve.  While many approaches to couple and family therapy help people resolve disagreements, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) goes beyond conflict resolution to address underlying needs and emotions that fuel arguments.

EFT is a short-term, non-blaming approach to healing relationship distress that was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson beginning in the 1980’s. Recognized by the American Psychological Association as an Empirically Supported Treatment, EFT has twenty years of research demonstrating its effectiveness in helping distressed couples. Even couples close to divorce, or who attended previous therapy without success, may benefit from EFT. About 70-75% of couples who participate in EFT move from distress to recovery,  and about 90% experience significant improvement in their relationships.

Psychological research on attachment has shown that safe, secure emotional connections with others are critical for both physical and emotional health. Children who are securely attached to their parents have fewer emotional problems than less securely attached peers and are more successful as they venture out into the world. When adults create loving, secure attachments with their partners, they are better able to withstand both physical and emotional challenges, and are more willing to take healthy risks in their lives.  Safe, loving emotional bonds have been found to help heal a wide variety of problems, from depression, anxiety, and trauma, to chronic physical illness.