Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples is a highly effective and evidence-based approach to relationship counseling that focuses on the emotional dynamics within the relationship. Developed by Dr. Susan Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg, EFT recognizes that emotions play a central role in shaping our interactions and experiences with our partners. EFT aims to help couples identify and express their underlying feelings, explore their attachment needs, and create a secure and fulfilling bond. In EFT for couples, the therapist provides a safe and supportive environment for partners to express their emotions openly. Through guided conversations and experiential exercises, couples learn to identify their primary emotions, such as fear, sadness, or anger, and the underlying vulnerable emotions, such as loneliness or shame. The therapist helps partners to validate and empathize with each other’s emotions, fostering a sense of understanding and connection. By engaging in this process, couples begin to break free from negative patterns of interaction and develop healthier ways of expressing their needs and desires. The core principles of EFT for couples are based on attachment theory, which suggests that humans have an innate need for emotional connection and security in relationships. EFT focuses on restructuring the emotional bond between partners, helping them build stronger attachments and trust. Through the therapeutic process, couples learn to effectively communicate their emotions and needs, repair relationship ruptures, and create a sense of emotional safety and intimacy. EFT is highly successful in helping couples overcome relationship distress, improve communication, and restore a deep sense of love and connection.