Emotionally Focused Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Cheryl Heinla
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95110
Hi there, I'm Cheryl Heinla and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) residing in the Bay Area. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, and couples. My key areas of interest and experience are anxiety, grief, couples dynamics, family of origin impact, life transitions, relational challenges, and trauma history. My approaches are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-focused, short-term solution-focused; and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples.
Hi there, I'm Cheryl Heinla and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) residing in the Bay Area. I work with adult individuals, adolescents, and couples. My key areas of interest and experience are anxiety, grief, couples dynamics, family of origin impact, life transitions, relational challenges, and trauma history. My approaches are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-focused, short-term solution-focused; and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples.
(650) 629-0915 View (650) 629-0915
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Anita Zoroghlian
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
I like to help clients find their way to themselves, during times that are difficult, or life transitions. I work by collaborating with the client. We set goals together and we check in during each session to see if we are heading in the direction we set. We will focus on solutions, self-care, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as the Somatic Experiencing approach, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. In addition, I like working with clients who may be in the sports world or who have a sports mentality and may seem stuck or on a plateau. I will help you move forward.
I like to help clients find their way to themselves, during times that are difficult, or life transitions. I work by collaborating with the client. We set goals together and we check in during each session to see if we are heading in the direction we set. We will focus on solutions, self-care, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as the Somatic Experiencing approach, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. In addition, I like working with clients who may be in the sports world or who have a sports mentality and may seem stuck or on a plateau. I will help you move forward.
(415) 649-4218 View (415) 649-4218
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Lauren Consul - Sex And Relationship Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, JD
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95120  (Online Only)
I am an AASECT certified sex therapist and have advanced training in Emotionally Focused-Therapy.
Are you feeling disconnected from your partner? Are you struggling with sexual intimacy? Are you wondering if you can actually heal from infidelity or past hurts? Are you curious about non-monogamy or expanding your sexual horizons? You’re not alone. You deserve to feel seen and heard in your relationships. You deserve a sex life in alignment with your desires. Navigating the complexities of relationships and sexuality can feel overwhelming, as we carry the weight of past experiences and personal narratives. You don’t have to stay stuck. You can break free from unhelpful patterns and blocks that are holding you back.
I am an AASECT certified sex therapist and have advanced training in Emotionally Focused-Therapy.
Are you feeling disconnected from your partner? Are you struggling with sexual intimacy? Are you wondering if you can actually heal from infidelity or past hurts? Are you curious about non-monogamy or expanding your sexual horizons? You’re not alone. You deserve to feel seen and heard in your relationships. You deserve a sex life in alignment with your desires. Navigating the complexities of relationships and sexuality can feel overwhelming, as we carry the weight of past experiences and personal narratives. You don’t have to stay stuck. You can break free from unhelpful patterns and blocks that are holding you back.
(562) 247-3114 View (562) 247-3114
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Grace Kim- Hur
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA , LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed psychotherapist with a background specializing in severe behavioral issues and relationship issues. I work with a variety of approaches from CBT, EFT to Psychodynamic approach depending on my patient's needs and what I feel is most effective. In addition I create individual treatment plans to match my patient's goals. Together we can create a safe space and begin your journey in understanding your current issues or concerns. Explore where they may have stemmed from, and how they are currently effecting your life. I believe anyone's goal in therapy would be to heal and ignite awareness to live a more fulfilling life.
I'm a licensed psychotherapist with a background specializing in severe behavioral issues and relationship issues. I work with a variety of approaches from CBT, EFT to Psychodynamic approach depending on my patient's needs and what I feel is most effective. In addition I create individual treatment plans to match my patient's goals. Together we can create a safe space and begin your journey in understanding your current issues or concerns. Explore where they may have stemmed from, and how they are currently effecting your life. I believe anyone's goal in therapy would be to heal and ignite awareness to live a more fulfilling life.
(408) 351-7563 View (408) 351-7563
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Vani Hariharan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95117
I use IFS, EMDR, structural family therapy, attachment, EFT, play therapy, expressive art therapy modalities.
I believe that people are resilient and resourceful, capable of overcoming difficulties. Sometimes we get entangled in personal and relational patterns that can overwhelm our resources. I help clients identify these problematic patterns and empower them to break free from patterns that do not serve them well. I focus on my client's interpersonal relationships and relationships with larger social systems. I have experience working with children, teens, families, and couples on several issues, including family and couple distress, trauma, and various presentations of anxiety and depression through a systemic and attachment-based lens.
I use IFS, EMDR, structural family therapy, attachment, EFT, play therapy, expressive art therapy modalities.
I believe that people are resilient and resourceful, capable of overcoming difficulties. Sometimes we get entangled in personal and relational patterns that can overwhelm our resources. I help clients identify these problematic patterns and empower them to break free from patterns that do not serve them well. I focus on my client's interpersonal relationships and relationships with larger social systems. I have experience working with children, teens, families, and couples on several issues, including family and couple distress, trauma, and various presentations of anxiety and depression through a systemic and attachment-based lens.
(650) 374-0238 View (650) 374-0238
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Ruth Nevo
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95130
My work with couples is based on the EFT model (Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples) in which I have advanced level training.
Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth. It is also helpful in overcoming common symptoms such as anxiety and depression, for improving relationships and for changing behaviors that may hinder quality of life. It is common to experience hesitation or ambivalence when starting therapy, much like many other new beginnings. I encourage you to try. People frequently report feeling better just by taking the first step of calling and making a first appointment. I view therapy as a collaborative process in which, together, we will explore, understand and conquer the obstacles you have encountered in your journey.
My work with couples is based on the EFT model (Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples) in which I have advanced level training.
Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth. It is also helpful in overcoming common symptoms such as anxiety and depression, for improving relationships and for changing behaviors that may hinder quality of life. It is common to experience hesitation or ambivalence when starting therapy, much like many other new beginnings. I encourage you to try. People frequently report feeling better just by taking the first step of calling and making a first appointment. I view therapy as a collaborative process in which, together, we will explore, understand and conquer the obstacles you have encountered in your journey.
(408) 868-5742 View (408) 868-5742
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Kristen Barragan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95135  (Online Only)
I use person centered, attachment theory and emotionally focused individual therapy with clients to get to the heart of the matter and encourage emotional vulnerability.
My therapeutic style is authentic and interactive. I love creating a safe space for my clients to process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions without shame or judgement. I provide empathy, support, psycho-education, encouragement and validate my clients feelings and unique life experiences. I work with my clients on healing from past trauma while making connections from their past to present thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I see my clients through an attachment lens and believe we all deserve and are wired for love and connection.
I use person centered, attachment theory and emotionally focused individual therapy with clients to get to the heart of the matter and encourage emotional vulnerability.
My therapeutic style is authentic and interactive. I love creating a safe space for my clients to process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions without shame or judgement. I provide empathy, support, psycho-education, encouragement and validate my clients feelings and unique life experiences. I work with my clients on healing from past trauma while making connections from their past to present thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I see my clients through an attachment lens and believe we all deserve and are wired for love and connection.
(408) 359-1767 View (408) 359-1767
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Inna Kuchmenko
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
My clinical approach to psychotherapy is an eclectic mix of Humanistic/Existential, Solutions-Focused, Psychodynamic/Relational, Emotionally Focused, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral theories and many more.
Carl Jung said: “It is what you are that heals, not what you know”. The journey of self-discovery is exactly that – getting to know and deeply appreciating your true and authentic self, even when that essence may be covered by trauma, hardship and suffering. It is this uncovering that many who experience psychotherapy to be transformative and healing refer to as a “re-birth”, a coming home to and an unfolding of who you truly are. Engaging in the process of self-inquiry can be a rewarding and even a life-changing experience, especially in the presence of an empathic and compassionate other.
My clinical approach to psychotherapy is an eclectic mix of Humanistic/Existential, Solutions-Focused, Psychodynamic/Relational, Emotionally Focused, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral theories and many more.
Carl Jung said: “It is what you are that heals, not what you know”. The journey of self-discovery is exactly that – getting to know and deeply appreciating your true and authentic self, even when that essence may be covered by trauma, hardship and suffering. It is this uncovering that many who experience psychotherapy to be transformative and healing refer to as a “re-birth”, a coming home to and an unfolding of who you truly are. Engaging in the process of self-inquiry can be a rewarding and even a life-changing experience, especially in the presence of an empathic and compassionate other.
(650) 686-2103 View (650) 686-2103
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LaToya Cheathon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95127
Hello. I am LaToya Cheathon, Licensed Marriage n Family Therapist. I specialize in working with couples on sex and relationship related concerns. I help couples with improving healthy communication, increasing intimacy and emotionally safety in the relationship, and supporting the growth of each partner as an individual by exploring patterns that are present in their life and relationships. I utilize Gottman Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness when working with my clients.
Hello. I am LaToya Cheathon, Licensed Marriage n Family Therapist. I specialize in working with couples on sex and relationship related concerns. I help couples with improving healthy communication, increasing intimacy and emotionally safety in the relationship, and supporting the growth of each partner as an individual by exploring patterns that are present in their life and relationships. I utilize Gottman Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness when working with my clients.
(408) 539-0010 View (408) 539-0010
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Irit Broner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95129
I use evidence-based therapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Emotional Focus Therapy (EFT).
Welcome, I am offering you a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings and learn new ways to cope with life challenges. I am a bilingual therapist providing therapy in both English and Hebrew. I provide psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples. My approach to therapy is humanistic based on empathy, acceptance, and collaboration.
I use evidence-based therapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Emotional Focus Therapy (EFT).
Welcome, I am offering you a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings and learn new ways to cope with life challenges. I am a bilingual therapist providing therapy in both English and Hebrew. I provide psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples. My approach to therapy is humanistic based on empathy, acceptance, and collaboration.
(209) 340-9538 View (209) 340-9538
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Rosy Biglari
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95117
In my work with couples, adults, and families as is based on Attachment Theory and current research model of treatment known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
LIfe is challenging for anyone living on earth, emotional chaos, wanting to have a safe place to connect with each other and people around us, deal with partners, children, extended families, how to learn and hold on to enjoyment in life even with experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression or other illnesses.
In my work with couples, adults, and families as is based on Attachment Theory and current research model of treatment known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
LIfe is challenging for anyone living on earth, emotional chaos, wanting to have a safe place to connect with each other and people around us, deal with partners, children, extended families, how to learn and hold on to enjoyment in life even with experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression or other illnesses.
(408) 869-1365 View (408) 869-1365
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Ellen Noon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, CEMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
Additionally, I have extensive training as a couples counselor including EFT, and the Developmental Model.
I am a sex therapist and couples counselor. I provide expert care for couples’ issues, intimacy struggles, sexual struggles, infidelity, sexual compulsivity, sexual addiction and trauma. My goal is to create an intimate space where both partners can share their experience and feelings. I also work with individuals on their relationship issues. My intention is to share a journey that will allow you to unlock the whatever it is that is keeping you from having a happy, fulfilling life. The work that you do now can positively impact you and your partner for a life time. If you are serious about change deep transformation is possible.
Additionally, I have extensive training as a couples counselor including EFT, and the Developmental Model.
I am a sex therapist and couples counselor. I provide expert care for couples’ issues, intimacy struggles, sexual struggles, infidelity, sexual compulsivity, sexual addiction and trauma. My goal is to create an intimate space where both partners can share their experience and feelings. I also work with individuals on their relationship issues. My intention is to share a journey that will allow you to unlock the whatever it is that is keeping you from having a happy, fulfilling life. The work that you do now can positively impact you and your partner for a life time. If you are serious about change deep transformation is possible.
(669) 254-3007 View (669) 254-3007
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Bryan Cafferky
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MDiv, CFLE
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95113
I use an eclectic approach, employing several modalities (TRM, Bowen, EFT, IFS, etc.
Here you will find a compassionate & authentic space in which you learn to more deeply connect with yourself (and others), so you can finally discover what's behind your typical “knee-jerk reactions” & why your “go to” coping strategies seem to cause more distress than the original problems! Then we'll make meaningful shifts to uncover new and healthier ways to approach life and relationships. Clients often come to me for help with a broad range of concerns, like: trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, existential malaise, creative blocks, infertility challenges, grief, & family/relationship drama and communication difficulties.
I use an eclectic approach, employing several modalities (TRM, Bowen, EFT, IFS, etc.
Here you will find a compassionate & authentic space in which you learn to more deeply connect with yourself (and others), so you can finally discover what's behind your typical “knee-jerk reactions” & why your “go to” coping strategies seem to cause more distress than the original problems! Then we'll make meaningful shifts to uncover new and healthier ways to approach life and relationships. Clients often come to me for help with a broad range of concerns, like: trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, existential malaise, creative blocks, infertility challenges, grief, & family/relationship drama and communication difficulties.
(909) 328-6179 View (909) 328-6179
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Liz Dietrich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95112  (Online Only)
I offer EMDR, Sex Therapy, EFT for Couples, and psychodynamic process groups, all from a relational, psychodynamic orientation.
I love working with clients who are curious about what more there is to experience in this life, who are ready to do the work of diving within in order to heal past wounds and create a life that they truly love. Sometimes trauma, relationship problems, work, or other life circumstances can result in our lives shrinking. We can become fearful or lose touch with what it is that we love, prioritizing other things. I'm committed to walking with you while you get back to yourself by processing all that you've been through.
I offer EMDR, Sex Therapy, EFT for Couples, and psychodynamic process groups, all from a relational, psychodynamic orientation.
I love working with clients who are curious about what more there is to experience in this life, who are ready to do the work of diving within in order to heal past wounds and create a life that they truly love. Sometimes trauma, relationship problems, work, or other life circumstances can result in our lives shrinking. We can become fearful or lose touch with what it is that we love, prioritizing other things. I'm committed to walking with you while you get back to yourself by processing all that you've been through.
(650) 405-0409 View (650) 405-0409
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Jaronda Session
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95118
I’m Jaronda Session, MSW, LCSW, (DSW-Candidate) Licensed Psychotherapist based in Southern California (LCSW 29575) and licensed to practice in the State of Arizona (LCS 19020). Cocoa Cup Therapy Inc., my solo private practice was formed to help create a culturally sensitive/informed, emotionally focused therapeutic holding space for BIPOC communities, particularly Blacks and African Americans seeking therapy.
I’m Jaronda Session, MSW, LCSW, (DSW-Candidate) Licensed Psychotherapist based in Southern California (LCSW 29575) and licensed to practice in the State of Arizona (LCS 19020). Cocoa Cup Therapy Inc., my solo private practice was formed to help create a culturally sensitive/informed, emotionally focused therapeutic holding space for BIPOC communities, particularly Blacks and African Americans seeking therapy.
(661) 486-4066 View (661) 486-4066
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Marcela Avila
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
My approach to psychotherapy is eclectic. I believe in working and creating an individual treatment approach unique to each of my clients. I am a person centered but also psychodynamic, in that I believe that the unconscious is an important door to change where we can uncover the root of patterns of behavior. I also have a passion for working with couples and helping them break free from difficult communication patterns using Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on the attachment or strength of the bond a couple has and emotions that are getting in the way of safety, connection, and love. etc.
My approach to psychotherapy is eclectic. I believe in working and creating an individual treatment approach unique to each of my clients. I am a person centered but also psychodynamic, in that I believe that the unconscious is an important door to change where we can uncover the root of patterns of behavior. I also have a passion for working with couples and helping them break free from difficult communication patterns using Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on the attachment or strength of the bond a couple has and emotions that are getting in the way of safety, connection, and love. etc.
(916) 527-9629 View (916) 527-9629
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Naomi Zelin
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95120  (Online Only)
I expertly use tools from DBT, EFT, and somatic therapies, including EMDR and nervous system regulation.
Are you feeling trapped in the same unhealthy relationship patterns? Do you long for meaningful connections? Are you dissatisfied with your sex life but not sure what to do? Imagine finally breaking free from your unhealthy cycles, feeling empowered and confident in your ability to communicate effectively and build genuine connections. Picture yourself experiencing a profound sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in your sex life and relationships, knowing that you have the tools to navigate challenges with grace and resilience. This isn't a far-off fantasy. With the right tools and support it can be your reality.
I expertly use tools from DBT, EFT, and somatic therapies, including EMDR and nervous system regulation.
Are you feeling trapped in the same unhealthy relationship patterns? Do you long for meaningful connections? Are you dissatisfied with your sex life but not sure what to do? Imagine finally breaking free from your unhealthy cycles, feeling empowered and confident in your ability to communicate effectively and build genuine connections. Picture yourself experiencing a profound sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in your sex life and relationships, knowing that you have the tools to navigate challenges with grace and resilience. This isn't a far-off fantasy. With the right tools and support it can be your reality.
(310) 455-8161 View (310) 455-8161
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Alexa Enyart
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95129
I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Method to resolve interpersonal conflicts, untangle the root of distressing emotions, and develop healthy communication patterns and boundaries.
Do you feel as though your anxiety and depression are unmanageable? How about feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness like you’ve hit rock bottom and are struggling to find hope for tomorrow? Once we start to unravel the details of our past and trauma we give ourselves the ability to process feelings that we have long suppressed. I aim to collaborate with you and provide tools to decrease the challenging feelings you are currently facing and achieve a more integrated and balanced sense of self, leading to emotional healing and personal growth.
I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Method to resolve interpersonal conflicts, untangle the root of distressing emotions, and develop healthy communication patterns and boundaries.
Do you feel as though your anxiety and depression are unmanageable? How about feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness like you’ve hit rock bottom and are struggling to find hope for tomorrow? Once we start to unravel the details of our past and trauma we give ourselves the ability to process feelings that we have long suppressed. I aim to collaborate with you and provide tools to decrease the challenging feelings you are currently facing and achieve a more integrated and balanced sense of self, leading to emotional healing and personal growth.
(650) 910-4282 View (650) 910-4282
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Hypnotherapy & Reiki @ Natural Health Center
BS, CCHT, Reiki
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95130
Seeking solutions that bring balance and calm in your life? I offer guided mind body healing therapies such as Hypnotherapy and EFT, that empower you to find solutions for the following issues: PAIN, INSOMNIA, GRIEF, WEIGHT, ANXIETY, STRESS, TRAUMA, HABITS, CRAVINGS, RELATIONSHIPS, or PAST LIVES. Hypnotherapy can be effective in building a bridge between the conscious mind and subconscious mind in order to explore the source and solutions of emotional, mental, and physical issues. This expanded state of consciousness allows for genuine realizations and the motivation to implement lasting transformations.
Seeking solutions that bring balance and calm in your life? I offer guided mind body healing therapies such as Hypnotherapy and EFT, that empower you to find solutions for the following issues: PAIN, INSOMNIA, GRIEF, WEIGHT, ANXIETY, STRESS, TRAUMA, HABITS, CRAVINGS, RELATIONSHIPS, or PAST LIVES. Hypnotherapy can be effective in building a bridge between the conscious mind and subconscious mind in order to explore the source and solutions of emotional, mental, and physical issues. This expanded state of consciousness allows for genuine realizations and the motivation to implement lasting transformations.
(408) 707-3142 View (408) 707-3142
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Cynthia Heier
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95101
For couples, I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a powerful method that emphasizes the importance of healthy emotional connection.
Ready to unlock your full potential and create a life that feels truly fulfilling? Therapy can be a powerful catalyst for growth and positive change. I offer a collaborative approach that guides you towards present-moment awareness and a deeper connection with your inner world. Together, we'll transform your challenges into opportunities for growth, leading to greater self-awareness and clarity. Greater self-awareness is the key to better managing stress and building emotional resilience. This empowers you to make lasting changes that enhance your well-being and cultivate a more authentic and meaningful life.
For couples, I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a powerful method that emphasizes the importance of healthy emotional connection.
Ready to unlock your full potential and create a life that feels truly fulfilling? Therapy can be a powerful catalyst for growth and positive change. I offer a collaborative approach that guides you towards present-moment awareness and a deeper connection with your inner world. Together, we'll transform your challenges into opportunities for growth, leading to greater self-awareness and clarity. Greater self-awareness is the key to better managing stress and building emotional resilience. This empowers you to make lasting changes that enhance your well-being and cultivate a more authentic and meaningful life.
(831) 216-8879 View (831) 216-8879
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.