Emotionally-Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a well-established and evidence-based form of couples therapy developed by Dr. Sue Johnson in the 1980s. It is grounded in attachment theory, which emphasizes the importance of emotional bonds and secure attachments in adult relationships. EFT is primarily used to help couples improve the quality of their relationships by addressing underlying emotional issues and enhancing emotional connection. Key components and principles of EFT include:

  • Emotion-centered approach
  • Attachment theory and exploration
  • Promotion of secure attachment
  • Changing negative patterns
  • Enhanced empathy and validation
  • Experiential techniques
  • Homework assignments