Emotionally Focused Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Nadia Alvarez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Everyone deserves a safe space to process and grow and I believe that safety can be in the therapy room. My clients describe me as calm, supportive, patient, and non-judgmental of their views, lifestyles, and aspirations. I love working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, or depression & couples who are interested in deepening their relationship or getting through difficult phases. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an attachment focused couple therapy & specialize in working with intercultural couples & those who have experienced rupture and seeking to repair their connection.
Everyone deserves a safe space to process and grow and I believe that safety can be in the therapy room. My clients describe me as calm, supportive, patient, and non-judgmental of their views, lifestyles, and aspirations. I love working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, or depression & couples who are interested in deepening their relationship or getting through difficult phases. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an attachment focused couple therapy & specialize in working with intercultural couples & those who have experienced rupture and seeking to repair their connection.
(909) 345-5803 View (909) 345-5803
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Zoë Kahn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
I am trained in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) which I use with couples as well as EMDR for trauma.
Hi, I'm Zoë. I'm a licensed psychotherapist with over ten years of experience in mental health. I work with individuals and couples who are seeking a deeper relationship with themselves and with each other. I find that with acceptance of your true self, the more confident you will feel in communicating openly, making hard decisions, setting boundaries and making desired changes in your life. This holds true in our relationships as well. When we learn to accept truths about ourselves, we can then learn how to communicate these truths to a partner. I would love to help you find deeper connection with yourself and your loved ones.
I am trained in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) which I use with couples as well as EMDR for trauma.
Hi, I'm Zoë. I'm a licensed psychotherapist with over ten years of experience in mental health. I work with individuals and couples who are seeking a deeper relationship with themselves and with each other. I find that with acceptance of your true self, the more confident you will feel in communicating openly, making hard decisions, setting boundaries and making desired changes in your life. This holds true in our relationships as well. When we learn to accept truths about ourselves, we can then learn how to communicate these truths to a partner. I would love to help you find deeper connection with yourself and your loved ones.
(323) 645-5972 View (323) 645-5972
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Zachary Metzger
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027
I work with a relational, holistic approach using trauma-informed techniques from EFT, IFS and Gestalt Therapy.
I offer my clients a safe, creative space to explore the challenges they're confronting honestly and without judgement. I encourage clients to bring their whole self into sessions; accessing their thinking and feeling self, connecting their mind and their body, and integrating their passion and their purpose. Together, we'll get to know the parts of your multi-faceted inner world, the strong, resilient parts, the angry, grieving, overly-critical parts and the neglected parts longing to be seen and heard. With warm, focused attention, we'll examine the past and envision the future while firmly rooted in the here and now.
I work with a relational, holistic approach using trauma-informed techniques from EFT, IFS and Gestalt Therapy.
I offer my clients a safe, creative space to explore the challenges they're confronting honestly and without judgement. I encourage clients to bring their whole self into sessions; accessing their thinking and feeling self, connecting their mind and their body, and integrating their passion and their purpose. Together, we'll get to know the parts of your multi-faceted inner world, the strong, resilient parts, the angry, grieving, overly-critical parts and the neglected parts longing to be seen and heard. With warm, focused attention, we'll examine the past and envision the future while firmly rooted in the here and now.
(914) 386-2607 View (914) 386-2607
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Melissa Pottash
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
I draw from Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
We all need a supportive and safe person to talk to, both when things are going well, and when life feels challenging. A therapist can help guide and support you through life's ups and downs. I specialize in college mental health, and enjoy helping young adults navigate life transitions. I also have experience working with survivors of trauma, and am particularly passionate about helping people work through developmental and childhood trauma.
I draw from Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
We all need a supportive and safe person to talk to, both when things are going well, and when life feels challenging. A therapist can help guide and support you through life's ups and downs. I specialize in college mental health, and enjoy helping young adults navigate life transitions. I also have experience working with survivors of trauma, and am particularly passionate about helping people work through developmental and childhood trauma.
(310) 706-2996 View (310) 706-2996
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María Serrano
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90042
I utilze EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Parts Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness to offer a blend of talk and somatic-based therapy.
I am a Latine, bilingual, queer woman and psychotherapist based in Los Angeles. Currently accepting new clients, I work with youth of all ages, adults, and couples/relationships. I weave together somatic and mindfulness practices rooted in Indigenous and Buddhist traditions, to guide you in reconnecting with your deepest truths while navigating change. I believe people in all bodies deserve healing, and that you deserve therapy that centers your cultures.
I utilze EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Parts Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness to offer a blend of talk and somatic-based therapy.
I am a Latine, bilingual, queer woman and psychotherapist based in Los Angeles. Currently accepting new clients, I work with youth of all ages, adults, and couples/relationships. I weave together somatic and mindfulness practices rooted in Indigenous and Buddhist traditions, to guide you in reconnecting with your deepest truths while navigating change. I believe people in all bodies deserve healing, and that you deserve therapy that centers your cultures.
(818) 276-9062 View (818) 276-9062
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Miranda Selwyn Bishop
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066
With couples, I use Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT).
At your core, you know your true wants and needs, but past experiences can create patterns that keep you from being consciously aware of them. Therapy can help you know yourself better, allowing for more fulfilling relationships with yourself, others, and your work. We will work together to process difficult emotions and places you get stuck, and reveal the meaning behind challenging experiences and their effect on your life. In doing so, difficult feelings can transform from a source of pain into a helpful guide toward removing obstacles to growth and self-love.
With couples, I use Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT).
At your core, you know your true wants and needs, but past experiences can create patterns that keep you from being consciously aware of them. Therapy can help you know yourself better, allowing for more fulfilling relationships with yourself, others, and your work. We will work together to process difficult emotions and places you get stuck, and reveal the meaning behind challenging experiences and their effect on your life. In doing so, difficult feelings can transform from a source of pain into a helpful guide toward removing obstacles to growth and self-love.
(424) 238-0759 View (424) 238-0759
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Nina Gonzaga
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90042  (Online Only)
Some treatment modalities I use are attachment theory, EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy, PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
I hold the sacredness of authenticity, humaning alongside other humans. I focus on working with women, particularly women of color, to show up to the brutal, sweaty, and liberating work of tending to your life while challenging oppressive systems that want humans to stay small. Together, we examine trauma and pain with self-compassion, address avoidance, build vocabulary around emotions to expand your knowing, and work together to enrich relational bonds. I would love to hold space for you! I am licensed and available to work with residents of California and Washington.
Some treatment modalities I use are attachment theory, EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy, PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
I hold the sacredness of authenticity, humaning alongside other humans. I focus on working with women, particularly women of color, to show up to the brutal, sweaty, and liberating work of tending to your life while challenging oppressive systems that want humans to stay small. Together, we examine trauma and pain with self-compassion, address avoidance, build vocabulary around emotions to expand your knowing, and work together to enrich relational bonds. I would love to hold space for you! I am licensed and available to work with residents of California and Washington.
(323) 366-3723 View (323) 366-3723
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Alejandro Daniel Pina Online Couples Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
I’m a licensed marriage counselor trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy by the ICEEFT.
For relationships in conflict, couples feeling hopeless and stuck; learn to redevelop genuine empathy for each other. I’m trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and offer online couples counseling for; couples going through difficult life transitions, married couples considering divorce, new couples moving in together, interracial couples with cultural differences, relationships experiencing various tiers of infidelity, EFT helps many couples in different situations. I’m an Inclusive Therapist providing LGBTQ Affirming and Latinx Therapy.
I’m a licensed marriage counselor trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy by the ICEEFT.
For relationships in conflict, couples feeling hopeless and stuck; learn to redevelop genuine empathy for each other. I’m trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and offer online couples counseling for; couples going through difficult life transitions, married couples considering divorce, new couples moving in together, interracial couples with cultural differences, relationships experiencing various tiers of infidelity, EFT helps many couples in different situations. I’m an Inclusive Therapist providing LGBTQ Affirming and Latinx Therapy.
(213) 699-4931 View (213) 699-4931
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Bo Gabriel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027
My approach is relational, informed by Gestalt, psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) principles.
The therapeutic relationship allows for awareness, healing, and growth. Utilizing empathy, humor, and gentle confrontation, I offer a safe space for clients to cope with painful times, challenging relationships, and issues with self. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in anxiety, relationship, identity, artistic, and grief/loss issues.
My approach is relational, informed by Gestalt, psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) principles.
The therapeutic relationship allows for awareness, healing, and growth. Utilizing empathy, humor, and gentle confrontation, I offer a safe space for clients to cope with painful times, challenging relationships, and issues with self. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in anxiety, relationship, identity, artistic, and grief/loss issues.
(323) 458-5074 View (323) 458-5074
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Los Angeles Therapy Network
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, BCETS
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90065
We offer talk therapy, EMDR, Sensorimotor/Somatic, TAT, EFT, art therapy, sandplay & other creative therapeutic approaches, group therapies and couples to enrich the therapeutic experience.
Do you feel like the weight of past experiences, secrets, or questions about your identity are holding you back from living a fulfilling life? Are you struggling with sexual trauma, childhood abuse, or other forms of trauma that have left you feeling overwhelmed & powerless? We're here to help. As a feminist therapist & board-certified expert in treating trauma & PTSD, I have extensive experience in helping people just like you regain control of their lives. Whether you're dealing with sexual, gender, cultural identity issues, or any form of abuse, I offer a safe and empowering space where you can work through your issues & heal.
We offer talk therapy, EMDR, Sensorimotor/Somatic, TAT, EFT, art therapy, sandplay & other creative therapeutic approaches, group therapies and couples to enrich the therapeutic experience.
Do you feel like the weight of past experiences, secrets, or questions about your identity are holding you back from living a fulfilling life? Are you struggling with sexual trauma, childhood abuse, or other forms of trauma that have left you feeling overwhelmed & powerless? We're here to help. As a feminist therapist & board-certified expert in treating trauma & PTSD, I have extensive experience in helping people just like you regain control of their lives. Whether you're dealing with sexual, gender, cultural identity issues, or any form of abuse, I offer a safe and empowering space where you can work through your issues & heal.
(323) 739-4987 View (323) 739-4987
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Vida Nikzad
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Waitlist for new clients
Working with couples, I mainly use emotionally focused couples therapy and help them understand their relationships in a new way.
Do you feel alone, disconnected, or misunderstood in your marriage or your other relationships ? These feelings are absolutely normal for almost every person at some time in their lives. Fortunately you can do something about it. Clients come to me because something in their lives is not working as they would wish and they feel stuck.
Working with couples, I mainly use emotionally focused couples therapy and help them understand their relationships in a new way.
Do you feel alone, disconnected, or misunderstood in your marriage or your other relationships ? These feelings are absolutely normal for almost every person at some time in their lives. Fortunately you can do something about it. Clients come to me because something in their lives is not working as they would wish and they feel stuck.
(424) 294-8924 View (424) 294-8924
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Catherine Weiss
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90036
To support my work with couples, I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I believe the most effective therapy begins in a trusting and judgment-free zone — a space where you feel safe being honest with yourself about your values, needs, and desires. Together we will explore your struggles, fears, and feelings of being "stuck." I am here to help you discover alternative ways of existing that feel in alignment to your true Self, whether this looks like improving your relationships, increasing intimacy, developing better communication skills, or setting healthy boundaries. You are not alone in this process. Together, we can identify how to use your uniqueness and strengths to achieve your goals.
To support my work with couples, I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I believe the most effective therapy begins in a trusting and judgment-free zone — a space where you feel safe being honest with yourself about your values, needs, and desires. Together we will explore your struggles, fears, and feelings of being "stuck." I am here to help you discover alternative ways of existing that feel in alignment to your true Self, whether this looks like improving your relationships, increasing intimacy, developing better communication skills, or setting healthy boundaries. You are not alone in this process. Together, we can identify how to use your uniqueness and strengths to achieve your goals.
(323) 800-8239 View (323) 800-8239
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LA Somatic Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hello! I am a collaborative, relational, trauma-informed, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist. I aim to provide a safe, empowering space where we can slow down together & untangle all the messiness of being a human in this society. My hope is always for my clients come away with a greater sense of knowing themselves, more personal agency, & confidence that they can navigate the inevitable challenges of their future. I strive to bring a lens that is feminist, anti-racist & anti-oppressive to my work. My training includes Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy, Attachment-Focused EMDR & Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy.
Hello! I am a collaborative, relational, trauma-informed, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist. I aim to provide a safe, empowering space where we can slow down together & untangle all the messiness of being a human in this society. My hope is always for my clients come away with a greater sense of knowing themselves, more personal agency, & confidence that they can navigate the inevitable challenges of their future. I strive to bring a lens that is feminist, anti-racist & anti-oppressive to my work. My training includes Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy, Attachment-Focused EMDR & Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy.
(310) 340-1612 View (310) 340-1612
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DeAndrea Knight
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
I offer attachment-based, emotionally focused, experiential, person-centered therapy for individuals and couples.
Hi! I am so happy you are here and I am even more excited to work with you. My goal is to assist you with healing from stress, worry, fear, sadness, regret, anger, guilt, self-neglect, trauma, and relationship issues. My goal is to help eliminate limiting thoughts and beliefs, increase emotional intelligence, and fully heal from difficult life circumstances. Most importantly, my goal is to help you best understand yourself and improve relationships, whether romantic, friendships, and/or family relationships. My goal is to help you heal and transcend past hurt and trauma in order to create the life you've always wanted.
I offer attachment-based, emotionally focused, experiential, person-centered therapy for individuals and couples.
Hi! I am so happy you are here and I am even more excited to work with you. My goal is to assist you with healing from stress, worry, fear, sadness, regret, anger, guilt, self-neglect, trauma, and relationship issues. My goal is to help eliminate limiting thoughts and beliefs, increase emotional intelligence, and fully heal from difficult life circumstances. Most importantly, my goal is to help you best understand yourself and improve relationships, whether romantic, friendships, and/or family relationships. My goal is to help you heal and transcend past hurt and trauma in order to create the life you've always wanted.
(310) 362-5146 View (310) 362-5146
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Tiffany Cuevas
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039
I have advance training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for both couples and individuals.
Do you find yourself disheartened by the quality of your relationships? Perhaps unable to find the words to express your deepest thoughts and/or needs. Maybe you feel stuck, even dissatisfied, hoping to move forward but the overwhelm of it all keeps you frozen. If this rings true, know that there is hope. There is a way off of the merry-go-round that keeps you in this tired loop. There is a future for you. It is possible to live fully and freely all whilst feeling connected.
I have advance training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for both couples and individuals.
Do you find yourself disheartened by the quality of your relationships? Perhaps unable to find the words to express your deepest thoughts and/or needs. Maybe you feel stuck, even dissatisfied, hoping to move forward but the overwhelm of it all keeps you frozen. If this rings true, know that there is hope. There is a way off of the merry-go-round that keeps you in this tired loop. There is a future for you. It is possible to live fully and freely all whilst feeling connected.
(747) 319-4896 View (747) 319-4896
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Monica McFarland
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90012  (Online Only)
I am certified in TF-CBT, Psychodynamic, Narrative, client-centered, Restoration, EFT, DBT & EMDR Therapies.
I create a welcoming, supportive and safe environment fundamental to exploring your unique experiences. I bring compassion and empathy to my client-centered approach and believe that all people have the ability to reach the place they want to be, given the right support.
I am certified in TF-CBT, Psychodynamic, Narrative, client-centered, Restoration, EFT, DBT & EMDR Therapies.
I create a welcoming, supportive and safe environment fundamental to exploring your unique experiences. I bring compassion and empathy to my client-centered approach and believe that all people have the ability to reach the place they want to be, given the right support.
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Victoria Venter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Hi, my name is Vicky Venter, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working in California. I work in a way that is client centered and eclectic depending on your needs. I have a strong inclination toward relational work because I understand we are hurt in relationships, and we HEAL in relationship. I am certified in Imago Couples Therapy as well as EFT and am currently training in Bioenergetics Analysis, a Somatic Psychotherapy. I work using an integrated approach. What that means is taking what you experience in the world and understanding exactly how it impacts you, then helping you decide what to do with that experience.
Hi, my name is Vicky Venter, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working in California. I work in a way that is client centered and eclectic depending on your needs. I have a strong inclination toward relational work because I understand we are hurt in relationships, and we HEAL in relationship. I am certified in Imago Couples Therapy as well as EFT and am currently training in Bioenergetics Analysis, a Somatic Psychotherapy. I work using an integrated approach. What that means is taking what you experience in the world and understanding exactly how it impacts you, then helping you decide what to do with that experience.
(323) 538-6988 View (323) 538-6988
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Ashley Adams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
Additionally, I have specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Emotionally Focused (EFT) Therapy, while also using core concepts of motivational interviewing (MI) and a strengths based, social justice lens in my work.
Hi, I'm Ashley, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 13 years of experience working with adults, couples and families affected by substance use disorders, trauma and acute mental health disorders. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings which include residential, outpatient, community mental health, private practice and teaching graduate students in an adjunct role.
Additionally, I have specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Emotionally Focused (EFT) Therapy, while also using core concepts of motivational interviewing (MI) and a strengths based, social justice lens in my work.
Hi, I'm Ashley, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 13 years of experience working with adults, couples and families affected by substance use disorders, trauma and acute mental health disorders. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings which include residential, outpatient, community mental health, private practice and teaching graduate students in an adjunct role.
(213) 568-6048 View (213) 568-6048
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Rhonda B Bernstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CST, CSAT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of clinical experience helping clients with a variety of issues including relational problems, trauma, depression, stress and anxiety disorders, life transitions, low self-esteem, partner betrayal, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, and compulsive behaviors. My therapy is client-centered, strengths-based and solution-focused. I provide both individual and couples therapy.
I'm a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of clinical experience helping clients with a variety of issues including relational problems, trauma, depression, stress and anxiety disorders, life transitions, low self-esteem, partner betrayal, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, and compulsive behaviors. My therapy is client-centered, strengths-based and solution-focused. I provide both individual and couples therapy.
(818) 649-6111 View (818) 649-6111
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Judy Tam
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
I am trained in Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Mindfulness.
As a therapist who was born and raised in Hong Kong, I have had the opportunity to work with diverse clients of all backgrounds. I understand the unique challenges faced by children of immigrants, particularly those identifying as Asian American or emerging adults. Asian Americans often struggle with establishing a sense of belonging, internalized judgment of their thoughts, actions, and persistent feelings of inadequacy or shame. It can be challenging to exist between two or more different cultural norms, values, traditions, languages, familial obligations, social dynamics, and more.
I am trained in Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Mindfulness.
As a therapist who was born and raised in Hong Kong, I have had the opportunity to work with diverse clients of all backgrounds. I understand the unique challenges faced by children of immigrants, particularly those identifying as Asian American or emerging adults. Asian Americans often struggle with establishing a sense of belonging, internalized judgment of their thoughts, actions, and persistent feelings of inadequacy or shame. It can be challenging to exist between two or more different cultural norms, values, traditions, languages, familial obligations, social dynamics, and more.
(714) 942-1032 View (714) 942-1032


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.