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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy is an evidence-based modality commonly used in couples counseling to help individuals recognize and understand their partner’s emotions. It’s widely understood that humans desire connection – and surely most all couples have a good understanding and connection with each other in the beginning, however, over time even the best partners can grow apart. When you stop understanding where your partner is coming from, arguments and conflicts can happen.

The conflict spiral creates a loop of pursuing an argument and withdrawing from it – usually one does more of the initiating but it can be an equal balance as well. EFT for Couples (EFCT) helps you identify this repetitive pattern, define what you and your partner really need, and learn how to communicate it properly in order to rebuild that lost connection together.

Emotionally Focused Therapy is also proven to be effective in treating individuals as well, known as EFT for Individuals (EFIT). It can help overcome anxiety and depression and even assist with recovery from past traumas. And EFT for Families (EFFT) follows the same methods to restore lost connections in family relationships.

Interested in learning more about how Emotionally Focused Therapy can help in your situation?