Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

Do you feel stuck in your relationship?

Does your partner often withdraw when you try to get close to them?

Do you often feel lost or confused when your partner asks for their needs to be met?

If so, you’re not alone. Every relationship goes through this pattern, and that’s why Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) has been proven to be so successful in resolving couple distress.  EFT restructures the interactional pattern between partners and increases clarity, heals relational wounds, and deepens intimacy for years to come.

EFT is a short-term, systematic, and tested intervention to reduce distress in adult love relationships and create more secure attachment bonds.  The same approach is used in treating families (EFFT). 70-75% of couples recover from marital distress and 90% of couples significantly improve according to outcome studies.

Couples typically wait 5 to 7 years after feeling stuck to come to therapy.  Many couples report thinking, “Here we go again…I know exactly what’s going to happen next. I’ll say this and you’ll say this and then we’re off…”  EFT gets to the heart of stuckness and distress.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

familyshadowsEFFT is the same model as EFT and is designed to work with families.  My work with families has included blending families, divorce, adoption, eating disorders, trauma, loss, moving, academic support, ADHD, autism spectrum, and family distress.  We meet the first time with as many members of the family as possible, and then work in pairs through every bond in the family.

EFFT is the shortest-term emotionally focused therapy due to the nature of biology and parenting in negotiating the bonds.  Families find this type of therapy validating, helpful, and reduces stress efficiently and effectively.

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

floralpathEFIT is EFT for Individuals and encompasses working with an individual and therapist in the office. As part of the EFIT process, attachment bonds, emotion, and restructuring come together to help clients find strength, healing, and the ability to find closeness in healthy relationships.

I’m certified in EFT through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.  You can read more about EFT and ICEEFT at


My treatment areas include:

  • Affairs
  • Relationship distress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Trauma
  • Family Therapy
  • Blending families
  • Life transitions
  • Intimacy issues