Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy

What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?

Based on the science of adult attachment and bonding, EFT is a form of therapy that resolves suppressed or unfinished emotional reactions. These reactions are typically not allowed to be expressed in public to the point of completion or resolution, so the therapist helps the client to experience them in a safe environment. This experience helps a person not only to resolve their emotions, but come to understand them as well. Though this type of therapy can be implemented with any individual, it’s primarily used for couples therapy.

EFT was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson in the 1980s specifically for use with couples. Dr. Johnson claims that the approach is “attachment-oriented”, meaning that this form of therapy works on human beings’ basic need for “safe connection and emotional contact”. EFT seeks to correct the negative interactional patterns we go through when our needs for safe connection and emotional contact are not met properly.

Therapists that Utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy

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