Emotionally Focused Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Poyesh Ganji
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622
I have training in family systems therapy, Emotionally focused therapy, interpersonal trauma and attachment, and I am also a psychoanalyst in training at Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
You might look for individual therapy because you experience obstacles that happen again and again; you are trying to figure out who you are and what you want in life. You might be looking for couples therapy because you feel disconnected from your partner or have difficulty communicating; you fight or have difficulty with being intimate. You might be looking for family therapy because you don’t know how to connect with your kids; there is conflict in your family and you don’t know how to resolve it. You might be a person of color, immigrant or second generation and struggle with issues mentioned above.
I have training in family systems therapy, Emotionally focused therapy, interpersonal trauma and attachment, and I am also a psychoanalyst in training at Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
You might look for individual therapy because you experience obstacles that happen again and again; you are trying to figure out who you are and what you want in life. You might be looking for couples therapy because you feel disconnected from your partner or have difficulty communicating; you fight or have difficulty with being intimate. You might be looking for family therapy because you don’t know how to connect with your kids; there is conflict in your family and you don’t know how to resolve it. You might be a person of color, immigrant or second generation and struggle with issues mentioned above.
(458) 219-7228 View (458) 219-7228
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Leah Whiteman
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60614
I provide therapy in-person and online, using a person-centered approach and emotionally focused therapy informed by attachment theory.
We all deserve a safe space to be our authentic selves, where we can find support during the most intimate and vulnerable moments. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership and am here to work with you and honor your unique experience. As we work together, I aim to foster a judgment-free, safe space and empower you with the tools and skills to help you thrive. There is no problem too big or too small, and my role is to connect you with the answers, break relational patterns, and reacquaint you with your most authentic self.
I provide therapy in-person and online, using a person-centered approach and emotionally focused therapy informed by attachment theory.
We all deserve a safe space to be our authentic selves, where we can find support during the most intimate and vulnerable moments. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership and am here to work with you and honor your unique experience. As we work together, I aim to foster a judgment-free, safe space and empower you with the tools and skills to help you thrive. There is no problem too big or too small, and my role is to connect you with the answers, break relational patterns, and reacquaint you with your most authentic self.
(773) 941-7074 View (773) 941-7074
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Wendi Lev, LCSW, ACSW, CADC-Lev Counseling Chicago
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW, CADC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Drawing on my training in and ability to integrate CBT, ACT, DBT, psychodynamic, the Gottman Method & EFT couples counseling, addictions, sex therapy, and coaching, I strive to relieve symptoms and build toward long-term gains promptly.
Are you the person you want to be? Are you having difficulty in your relationship or career? Do you often feel as if you are not good enough? As a man, do you avoid or deny your feelings? Are you stung by a recent breakup/divorce? Ask yourself a different question. Are you ready to feel empowered and thrive? My goal is to help you increase self-awareness & make positive lasting changes in thoughts and behavior. I provide integrated therapy and consulting customized to your unique situation, goals, personality, strengths, and history. To help you become a better version of yourself and reach your unlimited potential.
Drawing on my training in and ability to integrate CBT, ACT, DBT, psychodynamic, the Gottman Method & EFT couples counseling, addictions, sex therapy, and coaching, I strive to relieve symptoms and build toward long-term gains promptly.
Are you the person you want to be? Are you having difficulty in your relationship or career? Do you often feel as if you are not good enough? As a man, do you avoid or deny your feelings? Are you stung by a recent breakup/divorce? Ask yourself a different question. Are you ready to feel empowered and thrive? My goal is to help you increase self-awareness & make positive lasting changes in thoughts and behavior. I provide integrated therapy and consulting customized to your unique situation, goals, personality, strengths, and history. To help you become a better version of yourself and reach your unlimited potential.
(773) 312-7918 View (773) 312-7918
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Kira Silverstein
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625
My therapeutic approach integrates Internal Family Systems (Level 1 trained), Emotionally Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and experiential and somatic modalities.
I support individuals, couples and families as they navigate grief and loss, anxiety and depression, identity exploration, sex and intimacy, and healing from trauma, both acute and complex. As a former doula, and childcare professional, I am both passionate, and experienced in supporting folks’ as they move through (in)fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. I am especially passionate about working with couples. I am experienced in helping couples through high conflict or every day kerfluffles, deepening sexual and emotional intimacy and desire, navigating intercultural dynamics, and communication.
My therapeutic approach integrates Internal Family Systems (Level 1 trained), Emotionally Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and experiential and somatic modalities.
I support individuals, couples and families as they navigate grief and loss, anxiety and depression, identity exploration, sex and intimacy, and healing from trauma, both acute and complex. As a former doula, and childcare professional, I am both passionate, and experienced in supporting folks’ as they move through (in)fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. I am especially passionate about working with couples. I am experienced in helping couples through high conflict or every day kerfluffles, deepening sexual and emotional intimacy and desire, navigating intercultural dynamics, and communication.
(773) 825-3706 View (773) 825-3706
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Katie Bell Catalano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
I have worked with individuals of all ages who are experiencing various stressors such as adults experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, relationship issues, career discernment, struggles with identity and substance abuse problems. I have also worked with teenagers and adolescents who are having difficulties with school, peer pressure, and/or a history of trauma. I enjoy working with couples and families, as well. I am also interested in the intersection between physical health and mental health as I believe in a holistic therapeutic approach.
I have worked with individuals of all ages who are experiencing various stressors such as adults experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, relationship issues, career discernment, struggles with identity and substance abuse problems. I have also worked with teenagers and adolescents who are having difficulties with school, peer pressure, and/or a history of trauma. I enjoy working with couples and families, as well. I am also interested in the intersection between physical health and mental health as I believe in a holistic therapeutic approach.
(312) 554-3861 View (312) 554-3861
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Emily Reynoso
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I utilize a holistic approach to providing support in these areas, including person centered, emotionally focused, cognitive, and trauma-informed therapies.
I believe that therapy should be a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space, that offers the opportunity to process and make sense of emotions and experiences, and move towards deeper sense of self understanding. I am dedicated to helping people identify how certain thoughts, feelings and behaviors contribute to distress, and creating a collaborative path to change. My passion for providing therapy comes from the belief that we are inherently aware of what we need to be successful and are capable of making the changes necessary to move in a positive direction.
I utilize a holistic approach to providing support in these areas, including person centered, emotionally focused, cognitive, and trauma-informed therapies.
I believe that therapy should be a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space, that offers the opportunity to process and make sense of emotions and experiences, and move towards deeper sense of self understanding. I am dedicated to helping people identify how certain thoughts, feelings and behaviors contribute to distress, and creating a collaborative path to change. My passion for providing therapy comes from the belief that we are inherently aware of what we need to be successful and are capable of making the changes necessary to move in a positive direction.
(773) 570-7693 View (773) 570-7693
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Rainn Villalpando
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60618  (Online Only)
We will use Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy to guide our work.
It's normal to have difficulty with communication in relationships from time to time. Couple's therapy can help you get unstuck. I teach mindfulness and Emotionally Focused Theory to help my clients get unstuck whenever they find themselves feeling blocked in their relationships. This can look like feeling anxiety when approaching certain topics, or a lack of trust in your partner's words and actions. Sessions include psycho-education, emotional processing, and structured exercises to support you in developing new ways to communicate.
We will use Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy to guide our work.
It's normal to have difficulty with communication in relationships from time to time. Couple's therapy can help you get unstuck. I teach mindfulness and Emotionally Focused Theory to help my clients get unstuck whenever they find themselves feeling blocked in their relationships. This can look like feeling anxiety when approaching certain topics, or a lack of trust in your partner's words and actions. Sessions include psycho-education, emotional processing, and structured exercises to support you in developing new ways to communicate.
(773) 232-5345 View (773) 232-5345
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Rick Calabrese
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60603
As my client, you will experience my psychodynamic and polyvagal informed approach, and my practical application of ACT, IFS, and EFT therapy models.
I wonder if your life’s journey feels filled with twists and turns that manifest in countless ways. Perhaps you find yourself asking questions like, “Well, what now? Where to? How did I/we get here? How do I/we get there instead?”. Maybe your paths can seem never-ending, you experience unanticipated steep cliffs, and/or you revisit familiar, unfulfilling destinations. It's in these moments of struggle and feeling stuck that I ask clients to welcome me to support them. Where you have questions about the paths you experience and have not taken. When you are either upset or self-reflective. Let me help you figure out the next steps.
As my client, you will experience my psychodynamic and polyvagal informed approach, and my practical application of ACT, IFS, and EFT therapy models.
I wonder if your life’s journey feels filled with twists and turns that manifest in countless ways. Perhaps you find yourself asking questions like, “Well, what now? Where to? How did I/we get here? How do I/we get there instead?”. Maybe your paths can seem never-ending, you experience unanticipated steep cliffs, and/or you revisit familiar, unfulfilling destinations. It's in these moments of struggle and feeling stuck that I ask clients to welcome me to support them. Where you have questions about the paths you experience and have not taken. When you are either upset or self-reflective. Let me help you figure out the next steps.
(312) 262-5567 View (312) 262-5567
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Celina Deal
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642  (Online Only)
However, I enjoy incorporating attachment styles with emotionally focused therapy.
It is incredibly important for an individual's emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical components to work well together. I intend to approach every client from a holistic, person-centered, and emotionally focused framework to reach their goals. I enjoy walking alongside individuals and couples as they navigate trauma, relationship challenges, transitions, anxiety, and depression.
However, I enjoy incorporating attachment styles with emotionally focused therapy.
It is incredibly important for an individual's emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical components to work well together. I intend to approach every client from a holistic, person-centered, and emotionally focused framework to reach their goals. I enjoy walking alongside individuals and couples as they navigate trauma, relationship challenges, transitions, anxiety, and depression.
(312) 586-9122 View (312) 586-9122
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Laura Gossin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), trained in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) and a graduate of The Family Institute at Northwestern University,.
I am a relational, systemic therapist who works with individual adults and couples. I believe most clients seek therapy because their approach to improving their lives is not working. They feel stuck and without direction. I help individuals and couples develop new strategies to improve their relationships, cope with significant pain and loss, and live more fulfilled and satisfying lives. My approach is empathetic, honest, interactive, and direct. I value client insight and recognize the importance of a trusting and open therapeutic relationship to bring about healing.
I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), trained in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) and a graduate of The Family Institute at Northwestern University,.
I am a relational, systemic therapist who works with individual adults and couples. I believe most clients seek therapy because their approach to improving their lives is not working. They feel stuck and without direction. I help individuals and couples develop new strategies to improve their relationships, cope with significant pain and loss, and live more fulfilled and satisfying lives. My approach is empathetic, honest, interactive, and direct. I value client insight and recognize the importance of a trusting and open therapeutic relationship to bring about healing.
(312) 257-3505 View (312) 257-3505
Samantha Danilewitz
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60661  (Online Only)
Samantha is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method, and tailors her approach to suit the unique needs of each couple she works with.
Samantha is a compassionate and sex-positive couples therapist dedicated to nurturing holistic well-being. With a deep-seated belief in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Samantha approaches therapy with a comprehensive perspective. She understands that true completeness encompasses various aspects of an individual's life to foster healing and growth. Samantha is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method, and tailors her approach to suit the unique needs of each couple she works with.
Samantha is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method, and tailors her approach to suit the unique needs of each couple she works with.
Samantha is a compassionate and sex-positive couples therapist dedicated to nurturing holistic well-being. With a deep-seated belief in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Samantha approaches therapy with a comprehensive perspective. She understands that true completeness encompasses various aspects of an individual's life to foster healing and growth. Samantha is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method, and tailors her approach to suit the unique needs of each couple she works with.
(773) 830-2005 View (773) 830-2005
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Natalie A. Stanish
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a M.S in Child Development & Family Studies, specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Purdue University. I specialize in working with couples, parents and co-parents, families, teens and Adults. My systemic approach goes beyond the individual and addresses problems within the context of people's relationships and environment. I believe relationships form a key part of health & well-being and strive to help people work through/resolve their emotional injuries to achieve happiness & harmony internally (within one's self) and externally (in relationships).
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a M.S in Child Development & Family Studies, specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Purdue University. I specialize in working with couples, parents and co-parents, families, teens and Adults. My systemic approach goes beyond the individual and addresses problems within the context of people's relationships and environment. I believe relationships form a key part of health & well-being and strive to help people work through/resolve their emotional injuries to achieve happiness & harmony internally (within one's self) and externally (in relationships).
(872) 204-1579 View (872) 204-1579
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Maria Alejandra Ramirez
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622  (Online Only)
Evidence based practices that inform my practice include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness based treatment, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT for couples), Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model, and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
My therapeutic approach is to fosters a space where the past, present, and future intersect in a way that healing, empowerment, and clear direction can flourish. I understand that life can at times be challenging, change can be destabilizing, and loss will cause pain. Through these life transitions one may at times need a safe space to cultivate hope and grow. I employ evidence based practices, cultural sensitivity and awareness to assist you in achieving your therapeutic goals.
Evidence based practices that inform my practice include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness based treatment, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT for couples), Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model, and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
My therapeutic approach is to fosters a space where the past, present, and future intersect in a way that healing, empowerment, and clear direction can flourish. I understand that life can at times be challenging, change can be destabilizing, and loss will cause pain. Through these life transitions one may at times need a safe space to cultivate hope and grow. I employ evidence based practices, cultural sensitivity and awareness to assist you in achieving your therapeutic goals.
(872) 231-3776 View (872) 231-3776
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Lindsay Michelle Wolff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
I use modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, narrative therapy and psychodynamic therapy.
I work across many areas of expertise including mood disorders including depression and anxiety, adjusting to life transitions, couples conflict, LGBTQ issues, and relationship issues. I assist my clients in enhancing and building coping skills to manage their stressors. I also assist with providing a safe and therapeutic space for clients to process and reflect the challenges they are facing in their lives and provide supportive feedback.
I use modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, narrative therapy and psychodynamic therapy.
I work across many areas of expertise including mood disorders including depression and anxiety, adjusting to life transitions, couples conflict, LGBTQ issues, and relationship issues. I assist my clients in enhancing and building coping skills to manage their stressors. I also assist with providing a safe and therapeutic space for clients to process and reflect the challenges they are facing in their lives and provide supportive feedback.
(773) 830-6803 View (773) 830-6803
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Amanda Atkins
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625
I'm EMDR and EFT trained & recently taught a graduate course at Adler University on Perinatal Mental Health.
My specialties are in couple's issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss (particularly partner, parent, or child loss), chronic or terminal illness, as well as infertility and postpartum mood disorders. I enjoy treating issues related to parenting, including the complex demands placed on parents of disabled children. I’ve partnered with corporations to provide on-site therapy in the midst of workplace crisis and tragedy, as well as presenting on mental health issues in the workplace. My first book is coming out in spring of 2025 with Workman Publishing on the topic of disability parenting.
I'm EMDR and EFT trained & recently taught a graduate course at Adler University on Perinatal Mental Health.
My specialties are in couple's issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss (particularly partner, parent, or child loss), chronic or terminal illness, as well as infertility and postpartum mood disorders. I enjoy treating issues related to parenting, including the complex demands placed on parents of disabled children. I’ve partnered with corporations to provide on-site therapy in the midst of workplace crisis and tragedy, as well as presenting on mental health issues in the workplace. My first book is coming out in spring of 2025 with Workman Publishing on the topic of disability parenting.
(312) 651-6909 View (312) 651-6909
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Christine Aiello
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60661  (Online Only)
I help individuals and couples with relationship conflict, sexual concerns, and adjustment to life transitions. Clients often come to therapy with some common issues: feeling disconnected in their relationship, having the same argument on repeat, unsatisfying sex, discomfort or awkwardness talking about sex and intimacy, mismatched desire, painful intercourse, wondering "is this normal?" and more. With advanced training in relationship and sex therapy, I’ll help you to identify your needs and goals, build skills and knowledge, and improve connection, trust, empathy, and intimacy in your life and relationships.
I help individuals and couples with relationship conflict, sexual concerns, and adjustment to life transitions. Clients often come to therapy with some common issues: feeling disconnected in their relationship, having the same argument on repeat, unsatisfying sex, discomfort or awkwardness talking about sex and intimacy, mismatched desire, painful intercourse, wondering "is this normal?" and more. With advanced training in relationship and sex therapy, I’ll help you to identify your needs and goals, build skills and knowledge, and improve connection, trust, empathy, and intimacy in your life and relationships.
(312) 766-7025 View (312) 766-7025
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Gabrielle Soe
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
My therapeutic approach is collaborative and draws from various models, including emotionally focused, experiential, trauma-informed, and somatic-based.
I believe that we all have the right to find safety, empowerment, and acceptance in our own lives and in the relationships we value. My work begins with genuine curiosity, and continues toward leading clients into creating their own meanings from lived experiences. Working together, we can build up self-advocacy and allow for self-love to flow through so that you may choose how to begin creating practices of care and support.
My therapeutic approach is collaborative and draws from various models, including emotionally focused, experiential, trauma-informed, and somatic-based.
I believe that we all have the right to find safety, empowerment, and acceptance in our own lives and in the relationships we value. My work begins with genuine curiosity, and continues toward leading clients into creating their own meanings from lived experiences. Working together, we can build up self-advocacy and allow for self-love to flow through so that you may choose how to begin creating practices of care and support.
(872) 259-5275 View (872) 259-5275
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Stephen Heintz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
I also have training in multiple research-supported therapeutic modalities, including Client-Centered, Gottman, EFT, and ACT.
If you're here, you're probably looking for a change. Whether it's in your relationships, patterns, thoughts, feelings, or something else that's important to you. Life is full of challenges, but I firmly believe that people have fundamental inner-strengths that can help them cope. As a therapist, I warmly accept my clients as they are, and work alongside them to explore who they would like to become. I believe in the power of human connection, and strive to use that connection to help empower my clients to access their strengths; to ultimately bring about meaningful change, healing, growth, and understanding.
I also have training in multiple research-supported therapeutic modalities, including Client-Centered, Gottman, EFT, and ACT.
If you're here, you're probably looking for a change. Whether it's in your relationships, patterns, thoughts, feelings, or something else that's important to you. Life is full of challenges, but I firmly believe that people have fundamental inner-strengths that can help them cope. As a therapist, I warmly accept my clients as they are, and work alongside them to explore who they would like to become. I believe in the power of human connection, and strive to use that connection to help empower my clients to access their strengths; to ultimately bring about meaningful change, healing, growth, and understanding.
(773) 290-1856 View (773) 290-1856
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Eric Cho
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604
I have training/experience in a variety of treatment modalities including drama therapy and expressive arts therapy, DBT, ACT, EMDR, psychodynamic, and EFT.
Are you feeling stuck or unsure of yourself? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, work/life balance, relationship concerns, or how to achieve what you really want? I can help you find your authentic voice, connect to your inner strengths, discover new perspectives, and effectively assert yourself to make the positive changes you need. I will help you manage your self-critical voices and gain meaningful insights into your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. I specialize in helping young and not so young adults who are struggling with self-confidence, relationships, trauma, life transitions, and issues of identity.
I have training/experience in a variety of treatment modalities including drama therapy and expressive arts therapy, DBT, ACT, EMDR, psychodynamic, and EFT.
Are you feeling stuck or unsure of yourself? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, work/life balance, relationship concerns, or how to achieve what you really want? I can help you find your authentic voice, connect to your inner strengths, discover new perspectives, and effectively assert yourself to make the positive changes you need. I will help you manage your self-critical voices and gain meaningful insights into your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. I specialize in helping young and not so young adults who are struggling with self-confidence, relationships, trauma, life transitions, and issues of identity.
(773) 570-2331 View (773) 570-2331
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Susan Close
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC, CTMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60642
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Grief, Self-esteem and Relationship Issues. My therapeutic style is warm, direct, and focused on building a strong connection with my clients. I firmly believe in using evidence-based practices and collaboration when supporting individuals and couples achieve their desired outcomes. I particularly find meaning working with couples who want to deepen their connection or heal a rupture. I will use Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy and Gottman to guide our work.
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Grief, Self-esteem and Relationship Issues. My therapeutic style is warm, direct, and focused on building a strong connection with my clients. I firmly believe in using evidence-based practices and collaboration when supporting individuals and couples achieve their desired outcomes. I particularly find meaning working with couples who want to deepen their connection or heal a rupture. I will use Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy and Gottman to guide our work.
(224) 207-4909 View (224) 207-4909

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.