What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)?
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a humanistic psychotherapy approach developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. This empirically validated model was developed in the 1980’s. Dr. Sue Johnson has gone on since then to add John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory to help understand couple relationships so that therapists can help couples even more. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is also used with individuals and families.
The basis for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is that all human beings need a safe, secure emotional connection in their most intimate relationship. If there is distress occurring in the intimate relationship this creates moments of disconnection. EFT strives to be collaborative, egalitarian, and non-blaming to working with couples, individuals, and families. EFT therapists help people in these close relationships learn that love is all about tuning in, connecting, missing cues and misreading cues, disconnecting, then repairing to find a deeper connection. EFT therapists will help couples, individuals, and families learn about then interrupt their negative interactions then learn to reach for each other to be nurtured and supported. This strengthens the emotional bond and the feeling of secure attachment. We help to create a safe more open and receptive way of interacting. The goal of safety in EFT will help the couple, family, and individual share more vulnerable emotions of
fears and attachment longings.
EFT is backed by being the most thoroughly researched and empirically validated model in the field of couple’s therapy. The research is focused on the nature of the relationship distress and the emotions of adult and family love. Research on EFT shows that after treatment of EFT in couple’s therapy 70-75% of couples move out of distress into recovery. Also from this same research 90% of couples show significant improvement in their relationship. The lens of attachment is the major reason for the success of EFT as it gets to the heart of the problems.