Explore Emotionally Focused Therapy
2020 and 2021
EFT was originally researched and used with just couples. As the years went on, and with the advancement in the research of this attachment-based therapy, it is now used with individuals and families as well.
EFT with couples uses the 50+ years of attachment science as the framework. It focuses on the emotional experiences and strategies of people to make sense of our underlying fears and longings, and our typical moves of going towards or away from our partner in times of distress or conflict.
EFT requires a solid commitment from life partners to each other and to the relationship. Partners also commit to working on themselves and the dynamics between each other.
EFT is not about learning or being coached in negotiation skills or compromising.
EFT is aimed at creating a more secure bond, or more emotionally engaged attachment, between two committed life partners.
EFT is both hard work and rewarding.
To learn more about EFT, Sue Johnson's book for clients "Hold Me Tight" is highly recommended, as are her videos on YouTube and her website.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy developed by Dr. Sue Johnson is a new therapy approach aimed at deepening the connection in relationships.
EFT for individuals is aimed at promoting emotional safety and balance within oneself by attuning to your emotional experience and making sense of it.
EFT for couples makes explicit the current negative interaction cycle that is co-created and reinforced between two people and works to create positive cycles through powerful new interactions that give voice to each persons emotional experiences and their attributed meanings.