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  • Emotionally Focused Therapy

    Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

    • EFT is based on clear, research-based conceptualizations of individual growth, health and dysfunction; and of relationship distress and adult love.
    • EFT is a is collaborative, non-judgmental approach to working with clients. It combines experiential techniques with structural systemic interventions.
    • Change strategies and interventions are specified in EFT.
    • The EFT change process is well understood and has been mapped into three stages of therapy. Each stage consists of and key markers predictive of therapeutic success.
    • EFT has been validated by over 30 years of empirical research.
    • EFT has been applied to many different kinds of problems and populations.

    What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)?

    EFT is a structured approach to couple, family and individual therapy based on the science of adult attachment and bonding.  EFT is a method of therapy that provides therapists a clear roadmap for helping couples move from distress and disconnection to feeling more seen, heard, understood, and close.

    In the years since Dr. Johnson developed the model, she and her colleagues have continued to refine and research.  In the process, EFT has become more widely applied in family and individual therapy. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

    For more information on EFT research, please see

    Credit: Dr. Sue Johnson