Emotionally Focused Therapists in Tucson, AZ

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Sophia Sims
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy which research states, is the most effective approach within couple's therapy, increasing closeness, security, trust, and fulfillment.
I am passionate about being a source of strength, hope and empowerment to individuals, couples and families as they uncover their innate capacity to be the best they can be for themselves and their loved ones. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which uses a body-oriented approach for the healing of trauma and other stress disorders, founded by Dr. Peter Levine. Somatic Experiencing is about creating more choice - body, mind & spirit.
I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy which research states, is the most effective approach within couple's therapy, increasing closeness, security, trust, and fulfillment.
I am passionate about being a source of strength, hope and empowerment to individuals, couples and families as they uncover their innate capacity to be the best they can be for themselves and their loved ones. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which uses a body-oriented approach for the healing of trauma and other stress disorders, founded by Dr. Peter Levine. Somatic Experiencing is about creating more choice - body, mind & spirit.
(520) 441-8816 View (520) 441-8816
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Alden Carroll Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85705
When working with couples, I draw from Imago, EFT and Stan Tatkin‘s work.
Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, feeling burnt out, or being too hard on yourself? Would you like to have the ability to better balance your emotions and stress as well as improve your relationship with yourself and others? If so, I’d love to support you! In the 24 years I’ve worked in mental health, I’ve seen my clients transform their lives to feel more centered and confidant by implementing the simple tools and insights I can teach you. I support people experiencing anxiety, burn out, depression, fertility issues, relationship and communication challenges, and unresolved trauma.
When working with couples, I draw from Imago, EFT and Stan Tatkin‘s work.
Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, feeling burnt out, or being too hard on yourself? Would you like to have the ability to better balance your emotions and stress as well as improve your relationship with yourself and others? If so, I’d love to support you! In the 24 years I’ve worked in mental health, I’ve seen my clients transform their lives to feel more centered and confidant by implementing the simple tools and insights I can teach you. I support people experiencing anxiety, burn out, depression, fertility issues, relationship and communication challenges, and unresolved trauma.
(520) 447-4309 View (520) 447-4309
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Patricia Guido
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85710
I also have training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Relationship struggles are exhausting. Is your relationship struggling with communication, boundaries, trust, infidelity or another problem that is making it hard to have a fulfilling relationship? Is it a family matter that has become a complicated mess? Do you find yourself stuck in a cycle you can't seem to get out of? Have you tried to change but just seem to find your situation spiraling? I am here to help. My name is Patricia Guido and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona. Together, we can work to get past these roadblocks and toward you having a stronger, deeper connection with your partner.
I also have training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Relationship struggles are exhausting. Is your relationship struggling with communication, boundaries, trust, infidelity or another problem that is making it hard to have a fulfilling relationship? Is it a family matter that has become a complicated mess? Do you find yourself stuck in a cycle you can't seem to get out of? Have you tried to change but just seem to find your situation spiraling? I am here to help. My name is Patricia Guido and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona. Together, we can work to get past these roadblocks and toward you having a stronger, deeper connection with your partner.
(520) 492-1881 View (520) 492-1881
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Rahul Kondagunta Sivaprasad
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85742  (Online Only)
I do utilize a number of different tools, approaches, and techniques to help such as CBT, EFT, and DBT.
I know that therapy can often be a daunting process and finding the right therapist is not always easy. I bring nearly 14 years of therapeutic experience to help you achieve your goals in therapy.
I do utilize a number of different tools, approaches, and techniques to help such as CBT, EFT, and DBT.
I know that therapy can often be a daunting process and finding the right therapist is not always easy. I bring nearly 14 years of therapeutic experience to help you achieve your goals in therapy.
(520) 639-9894 View (520) 639-9894
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Michaela Conley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LAMFT, DipACLM, MCHES, NBC-HWC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85710
I believe in the power of connection and the resilience of love. I specialize in couples relationship counseling, my practice offers a compassionate and safe space for partners to explore, understand, and strengthen their bonds. Whether you're navigating communication barriers, facing emotional disconnect, or seeking to rekindle the spark in your relationship, I'm here to guide you through. My approach is rooted in both the Gottman Method & Emotionally Focused Therapy, tailored to address the unique dynamics of your partnership.
I believe in the power of connection and the resilience of love. I specialize in couples relationship counseling, my practice offers a compassionate and safe space for partners to explore, understand, and strengthen their bonds. Whether you're navigating communication barriers, facing emotional disconnect, or seeking to rekindle the spark in your relationship, I'm here to guide you through. My approach is rooted in both the Gottman Method & Emotionally Focused Therapy, tailored to address the unique dynamics of your partnership.
(520) 462-4486 View (520) 462-4486
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Jennifer ' Rheaanna ' Rhodes
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85745
Waitlist for new clients
, EFT or tapping) most directly provides this holistic model.
I love my work. It is such a joy to assist folks in discovering more of who they are, to uncover more of their authentic self. This is what occurs as issues brought to therapy are processed. I enjoy working with adults of all ages although as I age, I have found a special niche for seniors. I have a background in addressing depression, anxiety, stress, life transition and grief as well as feminine power issues.
, EFT or tapping) most directly provides this holistic model.
I love my work. It is such a joy to assist folks in discovering more of who they are, to uncover more of their authentic self. This is what occurs as issues brought to therapy are processed. I enjoy working with adults of all ages although as I age, I have found a special niche for seniors. I have a background in addressing depression, anxiety, stress, life transition and grief as well as feminine power issues.
(480) 376-2952 View (480) 376-2952
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Caitlin Climes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85719  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a therapist, I utilize models such as CBT, DBT, MBCT, ACT with individuals as well as EFT and Gottman method with couples.
Do you and your partner get into the same fight over and over without it ever being resolved? Have you tried talking about it and feel like your partner doesn't listen? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything but nothing seems to be working? If so, you’ve come to the right place. I work with couples and individual adults dealing with a myriad of issues. My goal is to help you gain insight to your issues and figure out where you're stuck. From there, we will create a ‘toolbox’ of strategies to use so you can experience more satisfaction in your life and relationships.
As a therapist, I utilize models such as CBT, DBT, MBCT, ACT with individuals as well as EFT and Gottman method with couples.
Do you and your partner get into the same fight over and over without it ever being resolved? Have you tried talking about it and feel like your partner doesn't listen? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything but nothing seems to be working? If so, you’ve come to the right place. I work with couples and individual adults dealing with a myriad of issues. My goal is to help you gain insight to your issues and figure out where you're stuck. From there, we will create a ‘toolbox’ of strategies to use so you can experience more satisfaction in your life and relationships.
(520) 391-9286 View (520) 391-9286
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Rob Zonfrelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85747
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients discover how their thoughts affect their behaviors; a Psychodynamic approach to help clients discover how early events in their lives continue to shape their present lives; and an emotionally focused approach to couples counseling.
Thoughts are very powerful things. Sometimes we get stuck in negative, self-defeating thought spirals. We might think we're not good enough or that we're somehow undeserving of love, respect, and success. Often these thoughts are so automatic that we simply accept them as true. My goal as a therapist is to help people examine and question their negative self-beliefs. With a more accurate and balanced understanding of our talents, strengths, and value, our lives become fuller as we open up to new possibilities. I'd like to help you on your journey.
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients discover how their thoughts affect their behaviors; a Psychodynamic approach to help clients discover how early events in their lives continue to shape their present lives; and an emotionally focused approach to couples counseling.
Thoughts are very powerful things. Sometimes we get stuck in negative, self-defeating thought spirals. We might think we're not good enough or that we're somehow undeserving of love, respect, and success. Often these thoughts are so automatic that we simply accept them as true. My goal as a therapist is to help people examine and question their negative self-beliefs. With a more accurate and balanced understanding of our talents, strengths, and value, our lives become fuller as we open up to new possibilities. I'd like to help you on your journey.
(520) 619-7123 View (520) 619-7123
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Ana Angulo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LAMFT
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85704
I incorporate CBT, EFT and mindfulness techniques; however, I work collaboratively with clients to tailor treatment to their unique needs.
Making the decision to prioritize personal growth through therapy is both courageous and admirable. You may need to step outside of your comfort zone and into the potentially unknown area of change and vulnerability, but luckily, you don’t need to navigate this new territory on your own. My experience includes working with families and individuals from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, who have presented with many different issues. I feel honored to work with clients and have received positive feedback for my ability to maintain an empathetic and strength-based perspective throughout the course of therapy.
I incorporate CBT, EFT and mindfulness techniques; however, I work collaboratively with clients to tailor treatment to their unique needs.
Making the decision to prioritize personal growth through therapy is both courageous and admirable. You may need to step outside of your comfort zone and into the potentially unknown area of change and vulnerability, but luckily, you don’t need to navigate this new territory on your own. My experience includes working with families and individuals from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, who have presented with many different issues. I feel honored to work with clients and have received positive feedback for my ability to maintain an empathetic and strength-based perspective throughout the course of therapy.
(520) 492-0802 View (520) 492-0802
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Julia M Ambriz
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
I also offer CBT, DBT, EFT, HAES approach, mindfulness and somatic based therapies.
In a world where we are constantly experiencing trauma, both directly and indirectly, it can be difficult to identify how deeply different things in life affect us. I believe that the experience of feeling understood can be the catalyst for change and something that allows for healing to begin. I aim to provide a space of healing, openness and exploration for those things that you might otherwise suppress or carry with heaviness or judgment. Together, we can heal that unresolved stuff from the past and create skills to support you through future circumstances.
I also offer CBT, DBT, EFT, HAES approach, mindfulness and somatic based therapies.
In a world where we are constantly experiencing trauma, both directly and indirectly, it can be difficult to identify how deeply different things in life affect us. I believe that the experience of feeling understood can be the catalyst for change and something that allows for healing to begin. I aim to provide a space of healing, openness and exploration for those things that you might otherwise suppress or carry with heaviness or judgment. Together, we can heal that unresolved stuff from the past and create skills to support you through future circumstances.
(520) 210-5247 View (520) 210-5247
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Rahul Sivaprasad
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
A native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in New Hampshire and Arizona. I am a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and serve on the Board of the Greengard Center for Autism in Portsmouth, NH. I had extensive training in dialectical-behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies. I also employ solution-focused therapy as well as strategic brief therapy. With couples, I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy which helps clients reconnect with their partners. Specialties include: -Trauma -Internet Pornography addiction -Mood disorders -Crisis Management -Parenting -Meditation/mindfulness training
A native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in New Hampshire and Arizona. I am a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and serve on the Board of the Greengard Center for Autism in Portsmouth, NH. I had extensive training in dialectical-behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies. I also employ solution-focused therapy as well as strategic brief therapy. With couples, I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy which helps clients reconnect with their partners. Specialties include: -Trauma -Internet Pornography addiction -Mood disorders -Crisis Management -Parenting -Meditation/mindfulness training
(520) 214-4073 x1 View (520) 214-4073 x1
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Sally Markley
Counselor, MA, ATR, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
She utilizes a varied theoretical approach that is client centered and includes Attachment, Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Sally Markley became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona 2004. After working in public health clinics and at a psychiatric hospital, she began her private practice in 2012. She currently offers services in person and occasionally offers the option to have sessions via online, Tele-health.
She utilizes a varied theoretical approach that is client centered and includes Attachment, Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Sally Markley became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona 2004. After working in public health clinics and at a psychiatric hospital, she began her private practice in 2012. She currently offers services in person and occasionally offers the option to have sessions via online, Tele-health.
(520) 224-9542 View (520) 224-9542
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Krishna Bright
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85711
I provide both counseling and astrology services, integrating 40 years experience of astrology into my counseling practice. 20 years of counseling experience involves guiding and supporting others through relationship concerns, family issues, anxiety, depression, sleep problems & women's health (sexual, physical, emotional.) I use CBT, psychodynamic, solution focused and emotionally focused modalities to help the client feel confident and secure in their positive coping skills. I also use mindfulness techniques and encourage the client to approach life holistically (mind, body, spirit) to obtain optimum goals of peace and happiness.
I provide both counseling and astrology services, integrating 40 years experience of astrology into my counseling practice. 20 years of counseling experience involves guiding and supporting others through relationship concerns, family issues, anxiety, depression, sleep problems & women's health (sexual, physical, emotional.) I use CBT, psychodynamic, solution focused and emotionally focused modalities to help the client feel confident and secure in their positive coping skills. I also use mindfulness techniques and encourage the client to approach life holistically (mind, body, spirit) to obtain optimum goals of peace and happiness.
(520) 214-8272 View (520) 214-8272
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Rosie Wick
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in Couples Therapy and trained directly with Sue Johnson, creator of EFT and John and Julie Gottman, the most effective and widely-researched models.
Combining gentleness, strength, and evidence-based approaches with an intuitive understanding, is at the heart of my work. I use inner and outer resources to support people, and a little laughter and irony along the way. Attending to banished voices, lost dreams, inner-child work, saboteurs, and avoidance helps in getting people where they want to go. I utilize EMDR, have worked in grief support and inpatient. In addition, applying well-known factors in the neuropsychology of learning optimizes change. In practice, it all comes together using structure, flow, and clinical assessment.
I specialize in Couples Therapy and trained directly with Sue Johnson, creator of EFT and John and Julie Gottman, the most effective and widely-researched models.
Combining gentleness, strength, and evidence-based approaches with an intuitive understanding, is at the heart of my work. I use inner and outer resources to support people, and a little laughter and irony along the way. Attending to banished voices, lost dreams, inner-child work, saboteurs, and avoidance helps in getting people where they want to go. I utilize EMDR, have worked in grief support and inpatient. In addition, applying well-known factors in the neuropsychology of learning optimizes change. In practice, it all comes together using structure, flow, and clinical assessment.
(520) 704-6942 View (520) 704-6942
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Suzanne Lovejoy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CEFT
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718  (Online Only)
Are you looking for more Resilience in your life & relationships? Would you like to learn how to improve your focus, attention & emotional presence with others? Hello, my name is Suzanne Lovejoy. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I am also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. I offer an Integrative, Mindful Approach to Relational Resilience and Wellness​.
Are you looking for more Resilience in your life & relationships? Would you like to learn how to improve your focus, attention & emotional presence with others? Hello, my name is Suzanne Lovejoy. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I am also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. I offer an Integrative, Mindful Approach to Relational Resilience and Wellness​.
(520) 253-7560 View (520) 253-7560
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Talia Thurber @ Entune Behavioral Health
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
Using evidence-based modalities like ACT, CBT, and EFT, I guide clients through life's challenges with curiosity, cultural humility, and anti-oppressive practices.
My name is Talia, and my clients support navigating life's complexities with warmth and understanding. They grapple with anxiety, depression, or trauma, longing for healing and self-discovery. They crave a safe space to explore their identity, relationships, and transitions. Their goal is inner peace, resilience, and authentic self-expression. They want to break free from limiting beliefs, finding empowerment and belonging. I'm here to offer guidance, empathy, and tools for their journey toward holistic well-being.
Using evidence-based modalities like ACT, CBT, and EFT, I guide clients through life's challenges with curiosity, cultural humility, and anti-oppressive practices.
My name is Talia, and my clients support navigating life's complexities with warmth and understanding. They grapple with anxiety, depression, or trauma, longing for healing and self-discovery. They crave a safe space to explore their identity, relationships, and transitions. Their goal is inner peace, resilience, and authentic self-expression. They want to break free from limiting beliefs, finding empowerment and belonging. I'm here to offer guidance, empathy, and tools for their journey toward holistic well-being.
(520) 525-5993 View (520) 525-5993
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Keri Sipek
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LAMFT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85704
To best meet the needs of clients, I integrate different therapeutic modalities, including EFT, Gottman method, EMDR, and CBT.
Now offering daytime & evening appointments. Reaching out for help can be difficult & takes courage. I’m here to offer a safe space & provide support while you explore your issues. From there, you can begin to heal & create positive change in your life & relationships. My experience includes working with couples, & individual adults who have struggled with infidelity, relationship strain, sexual issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, & more. In addition, I work with women & couples struggling with infertility, postpartum anxiety, postpartum depression, traumatic birth recovery, & adjustment to parenthood.
To best meet the needs of clients, I integrate different therapeutic modalities, including EFT, Gottman method, EMDR, and CBT.
Now offering daytime & evening appointments. Reaching out for help can be difficult & takes courage. I’m here to offer a safe space & provide support while you explore your issues. From there, you can begin to heal & create positive change in your life & relationships. My experience includes working with couples, & individual adults who have struggled with infidelity, relationship strain, sexual issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, & more. In addition, I work with women & couples struggling with infertility, postpartum anxiety, postpartum depression, traumatic birth recovery, & adjustment to parenthood.
(520) 346-3402 View (520) 346-3402
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Alexandrea Oviatt
Counselor, MA, LAC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with couples as well as individuals with relationship concerns and enjoy working with couples in high conflict and trauma, in particular. As Dr. Sue Johnson, the creator of the research-based Emotionally Focused Therapy modality, stated, “injured relationships can heal.” And I can help you fan those flames, guiding you to healing through Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I specialize in working with couples as well as individuals with relationship concerns and enjoy working with couples in high conflict and trauma, in particular. As Dr. Sue Johnson, the creator of the research-based Emotionally Focused Therapy modality, stated, “injured relationships can heal.” And I can help you fan those flames, guiding you to healing through Emotionally Focused Therapy.
(928) 420-8300 View (928) 420-8300
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Lindsey Acocella
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85718  (Online Only)
My passion is serving couples, families and women. I find I have the most success in supporting women (emphasis on ages 18- 30's), and the unique challenges we face. If you are struggling with negative self talk, difficulty putting yourself first and saying "no" to others, or other difficulties creating anxiety.. I'm here to listen & support. Regarding success in serving couples and families (LGBTQIA+ affirming), I take an emotionally focused approach and ground in communication skills. I will work with you to find the emotional root of the issues you see resurfacing, so cycles are put to an end & you feel at ease.
My passion is serving couples, families and women. I find I have the most success in supporting women (emphasis on ages 18- 30's), and the unique challenges we face. If you are struggling with negative self talk, difficulty putting yourself first and saying "no" to others, or other difficulties creating anxiety.. I'm here to listen & support. Regarding success in serving couples and families (LGBTQIA+ affirming), I take an emotionally focused approach and ground in communication skills. I will work with you to find the emotional root of the issues you see resurfacing, so cycles are put to an end & you feel at ease.
(480) 745-2412 View (480) 745-2412
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Erica Randolph
Counselor, MA, LPCC, DCC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719  (Online Only)
You've always thought of yourself as an artistic, empathic, and intuitive woman. Yet here you are, disconnected from your inner self and the wisdom you know is buried inside. There has to be a purpose to all of this, but the chaos & frantic pace of life is leaving you off-balance. Creativity is a distant dream, relationships are stretched, and your joy is lacking. You long to create a dynamic sense of wholeness, to find your purpose and meaning, but it's a constant struggle. If only the world would stop for a minute. If only you didn't feel everything so deeply. If only you had a moment to re-connect or at least a moment to breathe
You've always thought of yourself as an artistic, empathic, and intuitive woman. Yet here you are, disconnected from your inner self and the wisdom you know is buried inside. There has to be a purpose to all of this, but the chaos & frantic pace of life is leaving you off-balance. Creativity is a distant dream, relationships are stretched, and your joy is lacking. You long to create a dynamic sense of wholeness, to find your purpose and meaning, but it's a constant struggle. If only the world would stop for a minute. If only you didn't feel everything so deeply. If only you had a moment to re-connect or at least a moment to breathe
(520) 253-6338 View (520) 253-6338

Emotionally Focused Therapists

Who is emotionally focused therapy for?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is for couples who are emotionally distressed, stuck in an unsatisfying relationship pattern or feeling deeply alienated. They may even believe the relationship is beyond repair. Very often, the partners display intense anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal in the relationship. In addition, EFT is helpful to couples and individuals who have difficulty expressing emotions and those who have trouble regulating emotions.

Why do people need emotionally focused therapy?

People need emotionally focused therapy because the need for others is built into the brain, but the pressures of daily life can erode feelings of love, and couples often do not have the skills to find their way back to the comfort of each other. Instead, they may be stuck in repetitive patterns of anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal. Emotionally focused therapy regards such strong negative feelings as expressions of protest over the loss of connection and turns them into pathways of reconnection.

What happens in emotionally focused therapy?

Over the course of eight to 20 weekly sessions, couples de-escalate their negative emotional reactivity to one another so that they can listen to each other and be responsive to each other’s needs. Then the deep emotional and physical bond is restored, giving partners a sense of comfort and security, which they can use to solve whatever problems come their way. The therapist plays an active role, helping partners understand how anger and withdrawal are actually misguided cries for connection.

What problems does emotionally focused therapy treat?

EFT is designed to help couples stuck in dysfunctional relationship patterns regain closeness and rebuild their relationship. Typically, such couples experience considerable distress, with partners feeling alienated and distrustful of one another, not certain their relationship can survive. EFT is also helpful to individuals experiencing attachment-related fears of loss; it helps them learn to use their fears as a way of eliciting the closeness they desire.