Emotionally Focused Therapists in Charlotte, NC

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Josh Taylor
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MACC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28226
Life doesn't always go how we think it should. We face difficulties - maybe with a spouse or co-worker, maybe within ourselves. I strive to create a safe and warm place to help you though challenges, such as anxiety, anger management, grief, depression, communication skills, low self-esteem, life transition, relationship issues, and spiritual/religious questions. Having been married for 15 years, I enjoy helping married couples to find a healthy relationship. Combining compassion and directness, I work with you to explore the difficulties and change them. I enjoy integrating Christian faith and counseling, if desired by the client.
Life doesn't always go how we think it should. We face difficulties - maybe with a spouse or co-worker, maybe within ourselves. I strive to create a safe and warm place to help you though challenges, such as anxiety, anger management, grief, depression, communication skills, low self-esteem, life transition, relationship issues, and spiritual/religious questions. Having been married for 15 years, I enjoy helping married couples to find a healthy relationship. Combining compassion and directness, I work with you to explore the difficulties and change them. I enjoy integrating Christian faith and counseling, if desired by the client.
(980) 414-8418 x1123 View (980) 414-8418 x1123
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Christopher Bordelon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
I am a board-certified Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA), Internal Family Systems (IFS) trained, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) trained, trauma-informed, and a NASW member.
Clients I often see grapple with anxiety or depression, seeking coping strategies. Their needs include a safe space for self-expression, validation, and practical tools to improve emotional well-being. Goals involve fostering resilience, improving interpersonal relationships, and cultivating a positive mindset. Motivated by a desire for personal growth, they value introspection and aspire to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, fostering lasting positive change.
I am a board-certified Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA), Internal Family Systems (IFS) trained, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) trained, trauma-informed, and a NASW member.
Clients I often see grapple with anxiety or depression, seeking coping strategies. Their needs include a safe space for self-expression, validation, and practical tools to improve emotional well-being. Goals involve fostering resilience, improving interpersonal relationships, and cultivating a positive mindset. Motivated by a desire for personal growth, they value introspection and aspire to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, fostering lasting positive change.
(704) 762-1361 View (704) 762-1361
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Lynne Beck
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28209
I utilize the Emotionally Focused Couples (EFT) Therapy model.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated? Are you feeling "stuck" in a negative pattern in your relationship? Counseling can help in sorting out current struggles and developing and practicing new strategies to help cope with current emotions, relationships, and life situations. Counseling assists with healing and achieving goals you have for yourself and for your relationships. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, abuse/trauma, couple/family relationships, relationship struggles, work/life balance, separation/divorce, loss/grief, parenting, self-esteem, and self-injury. View my website for more specific information.
I utilize the Emotionally Focused Couples (EFT) Therapy model.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated? Are you feeling "stuck" in a negative pattern in your relationship? Counseling can help in sorting out current struggles and developing and practicing new strategies to help cope with current emotions, relationships, and life situations. Counseling assists with healing and achieving goals you have for yourself and for your relationships. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, abuse/trauma, couple/family relationships, relationship struggles, work/life balance, separation/divorce, loss/grief, parenting, self-esteem, and self-injury. View my website for more specific information.
(980) 248-2316 View (980) 248-2316
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Diana Levitt
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, NCC, LCMHC-S, BC-TMHP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
I applaud you for taking the first and most important step in reaching out for help, especially during these difficult times. The major focus of my practice is assisting adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma, whether that is a singular episode or prolonged complex trauma. I also work with Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and major life transitions. I meet the client where their current needs are through various treatment modalities and approaches. I have expertise in CBT, DBT, EFT, and TF-CBT. I only provide individual therapy, so please do not contact me for couples/marital counseling.
I applaud you for taking the first and most important step in reaching out for help, especially during these difficult times. The major focus of my practice is assisting adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma, whether that is a singular episode or prolonged complex trauma. I also work with Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and major life transitions. I meet the client where their current needs are through various treatment modalities and approaches. I have expertise in CBT, DBT, EFT, and TF-CBT. I only provide individual therapy, so please do not contact me for couples/marital counseling.
(704) 307-4359 View (704) 307-4359
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Teri B Hipp
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, RYT
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
Working from the approach known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I help couples rebuild the trust and safety necessary to have a deeper connection and more satisfying relationship.
I help clients recognize that they do not have to be victims of their circumstances or history. Sometimes we are faced with painful circumstances. Sometimes even everyday life begins to feel overwhelming. The unfortunate reality is that we cannot always control what happens in our lives. We can, however, choose how we respond to the difficult things that occur. I believe that all of us have the ability to grow and to make positive, lasting change in our lives. My role as therapist is to help facilitate this process.
Working from the approach known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I help couples rebuild the trust and safety necessary to have a deeper connection and more satisfying relationship.
I help clients recognize that they do not have to be victims of their circumstances or history. Sometimes we are faced with painful circumstances. Sometimes even everyday life begins to feel overwhelming. The unfortunate reality is that we cannot always control what happens in our lives. We can, however, choose how we respond to the difficult things that occur. I believe that all of us have the ability to grow and to make positive, lasting change in our lives. My role as therapist is to help facilitate this process.
(704) 703-8150 View (704) 703-8150
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Caroline Bundesman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211
When our relationships shift towards dysfunctional, they can become more stressful than comforting. I work with adults in individual, couple, and family therapy to create more comforting relationships with themselves and others. Together we explore issues related to intergenerational trauma, dysfunctional relationship patterns, family issues, and attachment. This often looks like exploring disconnection, unresolvable issues, work-life balance, and setting boundaries. My clients often identify has Highly Sensitive People (HSP) or as therapists and healers. If this sounds like you, let's chat!
When our relationships shift towards dysfunctional, they can become more stressful than comforting. I work with adults in individual, couple, and family therapy to create more comforting relationships with themselves and others. Together we explore issues related to intergenerational trauma, dysfunctional relationship patterns, family issues, and attachment. This often looks like exploring disconnection, unresolvable issues, work-life balance, and setting boundaries. My clients often identify has Highly Sensitive People (HSP) or as therapists and healers. If this sounds like you, let's chat!
(704) 736-3329 View (704) 736-3329
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Robert Limkeman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
Rooted in attachment science, I love integrating various therapeutic approaches (EFT, ACT, IFS, CBT, & Narrative) depending on what each client needs.
Life can be incredibly painful. We can find ourselves feeling stuck, confused, lonely, anxious, despairing, or lost. We want to make sense of our past & present circumstances, map out a path forward, all in a way that feels true to our values and honors the pain we experience. My clients often struggle with issues like depression & anxiety, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, identity & meaning formation, sexuality & pornography, spiritual distress & relationship strife. Whether highly motivated or exhausted and on the verge of giving up, I am honored to meet each client where they are and walk with them step by step toward change.
Rooted in attachment science, I love integrating various therapeutic approaches (EFT, ACT, IFS, CBT, & Narrative) depending on what each client needs.
Life can be incredibly painful. We can find ourselves feeling stuck, confused, lonely, anxious, despairing, or lost. We want to make sense of our past & present circumstances, map out a path forward, all in a way that feels true to our values and honors the pain we experience. My clients often struggle with issues like depression & anxiety, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, identity & meaning formation, sexuality & pornography, spiritual distress & relationship strife. Whether highly motivated or exhausted and on the verge of giving up, I am honored to meet each client where they are and walk with them step by step toward change.
(704) 769-2168 x114 View (704) 769-2168 x114
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Stephanie Blackburn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28226
Stephanie uses a variety of treatment approaches to ensure that she is meeting her clients where they are, including motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and emotionally focused therapy.
Stephanie Blackburn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience in mental health. With a solid foundation in clinical practice starting with children all the way to geriatrics at the VA Hospital, she specializes in anxiety, depression, substance use, grief, careers, military/veterans, trauma and PTSD, stress, life transitions, and parenting. Whether engaging with teens navigating the challenges of adolescence, adults facing life transitions, or geriatric clients coping with the complexities of aging, her commitment to fostering mental and emotional well-being remains unwavering.
Stephanie uses a variety of treatment approaches to ensure that she is meeting her clients where they are, including motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and emotionally focused therapy.
Stephanie Blackburn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience in mental health. With a solid foundation in clinical practice starting with children all the way to geriatrics at the VA Hospital, she specializes in anxiety, depression, substance use, grief, careers, military/veterans, trauma and PTSD, stress, life transitions, and parenting. Whether engaging with teens navigating the challenges of adolescence, adults facing life transitions, or geriatric clients coping with the complexities of aging, her commitment to fostering mental and emotional well-being remains unwavering.
(980) 372-8316 View (980) 372-8316
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Scott Alan Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, CSAT, CPTT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist. I have a master's degree in Christian counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I have been working as a therapist since 2012, specializing in helping couples and individuals with sex addiction, betrayal trauma, relationships, and mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist. I have a master's degree in Christian counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I have been working as a therapist since 2012, specializing in helping couples and individuals with sex addiction, betrayal trauma, relationships, and mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss.
(704) 981-6840 View (704) 981-6840
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Connect Couples Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209
Our skilled and caring team of therapists are here to help you reach your goals using the science-based Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Major life transitions, communication issues, unmet emotional needs, addiction, infidelity, and relationship neglect can all produce a sense of disconnection. We help couples work through these and other issues in a way that builds trust and closeness.
Our skilled and caring team of therapists are here to help you reach your goals using the science-based Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Major life transitions, communication issues, unmet emotional needs, addiction, infidelity, and relationship neglect can all produce a sense of disconnection. We help couples work through these and other issues in a way that builds trust and closeness.
(704) 389-5549 View (704) 389-5549
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Taylor Mayfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
I have a cognitive behavioral approach to emphasize the power of our thoughts, feelings, and actions while utilizing methods from the Gottman Institute, Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, and Family Systems Theory.
Over the last 5 years, I have experience working with individuals, couples and families struggling with relationships, parenting, and life transitions. I understand the importance of relationships throughout life and utilize my skills to assist parents, couples, and families in building healthy, long-lasting relationships. It is a natural occurrence in all relationships to have periods of highs and lows. Oftentimes the stressors of life make it difficult to heal from the lows and transform your marriage with life’s changing stages.
I have a cognitive behavioral approach to emphasize the power of our thoughts, feelings, and actions while utilizing methods from the Gottman Institute, Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, and Family Systems Theory.
Over the last 5 years, I have experience working with individuals, couples and families struggling with relationships, parenting, and life transitions. I understand the importance of relationships throughout life and utilize my skills to assist parents, couples, and families in building healthy, long-lasting relationships. It is a natural occurrence in all relationships to have periods of highs and lows. Oftentimes the stressors of life make it difficult to heal from the lows and transform your marriage with life’s changing stages.
(704) 459-8864 View (704) 459-8864
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Megan Montgomery Clark
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I have post-grad training in parenting support (Emotionally Focused Therapy), adoptive/foster families and adoptees (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), and trauma (CCTP-II, Hypnosis, Ego State Therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting).
I believe the therapeutic relationship is the primary ingredient to successful therapy. I work hard to create a warm, trusting relationship with each client and go at their pace. I enjoy working with individuals (21+). Particular areas of interest for me include trauma healing, creating healthy attachment relationships, emotionally healthy spirituality (including deconstruction/reconstruction), body image, parenting support, and women's issues. I welcome and value people from all religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and ethnicities. I see clients from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, both in-person and virtually.
I have post-grad training in parenting support (Emotionally Focused Therapy), adoptive/foster families and adoptees (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), and trauma (CCTP-II, Hypnosis, Ego State Therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting).
I believe the therapeutic relationship is the primary ingredient to successful therapy. I work hard to create a warm, trusting relationship with each client and go at their pace. I enjoy working with individuals (21+). Particular areas of interest for me include trauma healing, creating healthy attachment relationships, emotionally healthy spirituality (including deconstruction/reconstruction), body image, parenting support, and women's issues. I welcome and value people from all religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and ethnicities. I see clients from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, both in-person and virtually.
(704) 387-5211 View (704) 387-5211
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DayBreak Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MACC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28277
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with expertise in working with individual adults and adolescent girls, couples, and families with a diverse range of needs. It is my life's work to collaborate with and support you as you work to achieve your desired goals. I am proficient in trauma and marital therapy as a result of extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). My strengths are in the areas of patience, compassion, warmth, depth and authenticity awakening hope for my clients as well as lasting and positive transformation.
I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with expertise in working with individual adults and adolescent girls, couples, and families with a diverse range of needs. It is my life's work to collaborate with and support you as you work to achieve your desired goals. I am proficient in trauma and marital therapy as a result of extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). My strengths are in the areas of patience, compassion, warmth, depth and authenticity awakening hope for my clients as well as lasting and positive transformation.
(980) 447-2581 View (980) 447-2581
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Will Wadsworth
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Sometimes, we get stuck. A problem that may seem small at first just seems to get worse and before you know it, you have gotten lost in a dark place and can't figure out how to get out. As a therapist, I want to be a flashlight that can guide you through. It takes courage to reach out for help, and doing so shows you are ready to find your way back- or to a new, better place! I meet my clients with understanding, non-judgment, and collaboration. Whether it's depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or life transitions- you deserve to find peace, and I look forward to helping you meet your full potential and reach achievable goals.
Sometimes, we get stuck. A problem that may seem small at first just seems to get worse and before you know it, you have gotten lost in a dark place and can't figure out how to get out. As a therapist, I want to be a flashlight that can guide you through. It takes courage to reach out for help, and doing so shows you are ready to find your way back- or to a new, better place! I meet my clients with understanding, non-judgment, and collaboration. Whether it's depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or life transitions- you deserve to find peace, and I look forward to helping you meet your full potential and reach achievable goals.
(980) 247-9027 View (980) 247-9027
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Dr. Susan MacDonald Roddey
Pastoral Counselor, DMin, NCFBPPC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209
I also work with couples using both IFS and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
It is miserable to feel stuck. Stuck in the past, stuck in moving forward, stuck in depression or anxiety. We all want to feel a sense of purpose, and that we can live fully in the present and have a vision for the future, no matter our circumstances. There are a number of things that can make us feel stuck, such as trauma, unresolved grief, regrets, shame, broken relationships, and a fear of failure. Sometimes couples feel stuck in working through difficult issues and the resulting anger and hurt. We all go through these times in our lives and may come to a point when we realize that we need some help to move forward.
I also work with couples using both IFS and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
It is miserable to feel stuck. Stuck in the past, stuck in moving forward, stuck in depression or anxiety. We all want to feel a sense of purpose, and that we can live fully in the present and have a vision for the future, no matter our circumstances. There are a number of things that can make us feel stuck, such as trauma, unresolved grief, regrets, shame, broken relationships, and a fear of failure. Sometimes couples feel stuck in working through difficult issues and the resulting anger and hurt. We all go through these times in our lives and may come to a point when we realize that we need some help to move forward.
(704) 389-8702 View (704) 389-8702
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Anne Burkart
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCASA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
My training in Gottman Therapy and EFT support strengthening couples working through infidelity & marital distress.
Life is challenging at times. Maintaining healthy relationships may feel the like the greatest challenge of all! Our relationships are influenced by our childhood, family, & life experiences. Relationships take work! They can be overwhelming with the intensity of different emotions we experience, and sometimes this leads to make choices that can be unhealthy for us. Isolation, infidelity, & substance use hold us back from having a fulfilling relationship with ourselves & with others. Through exploring our challenges, accepting who we are in this moment, & leaning into the opportunity for growth we can Embrace all life has to offer!
My training in Gottman Therapy and EFT support strengthening couples working through infidelity & marital distress.
Life is challenging at times. Maintaining healthy relationships may feel the like the greatest challenge of all! Our relationships are influenced by our childhood, family, & life experiences. Relationships take work! They can be overwhelming with the intensity of different emotions we experience, and sometimes this leads to make choices that can be unhealthy for us. Isolation, infidelity, & substance use hold us back from having a fulfilling relationship with ourselves & with others. Through exploring our challenges, accepting who we are in this moment, & leaning into the opportunity for growth we can Embrace all life has to offer!
(704) 237-6703 View (704) 237-6703
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Erin Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
I specialize in helping couples and families for 15+ years. I've studied and incorporates tools from the highly reputable Emotionally Focused Therapy program as well as person-center approaches that provide the most flexibility for you as a couple. I welcome all relationships and specialize in helping couples who are fighting all the time, need communication support, have experienced an affair, or who are experiencing intimacy challenges.
I specialize in helping couples and families for 15+ years. I've studied and incorporates tools from the highly reputable Emotionally Focused Therapy program as well as person-center approaches that provide the most flexibility for you as a couple. I welcome all relationships and specialize in helping couples who are fighting all the time, need communication support, have experienced an affair, or who are experiencing intimacy challenges.
(704) 457-7968 View (704) 457-7968
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Karen Rogich
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, LCMHCA, MAC, MEd
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28204
Karen is trained in EMDR, EFT, Nutrition and integrative Mental Health Counseling, and Somatic Attachment Therapy.
Karen Rogich is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate practicing in the heart of Charlotte, NC. Karen’s therapeutic approach is grounded in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy, which is insight-oriented. This model explores how our early life experiences relate to current life functioning and relationships to offer choices for change. In her practice, therapy is tailored to each individual. Karen utilizes an integrative model incorporating somatic work, trauma-informed therapy, EMDR, health and nutrition, to help clients make lasting changes for meaningful life. Karen enjoys working with adults and couples.
Karen is trained in EMDR, EFT, Nutrition and integrative Mental Health Counseling, and Somatic Attachment Therapy.
Karen Rogich is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate practicing in the heart of Charlotte, NC. Karen’s therapeutic approach is grounded in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy, which is insight-oriented. This model explores how our early life experiences relate to current life functioning and relationships to offer choices for change. In her practice, therapy is tailored to each individual. Karen utilizes an integrative model incorporating somatic work, trauma-informed therapy, EMDR, health and nutrition, to help clients make lasting changes for meaningful life. Karen enjoys working with adults and couples.
(704) 666-8823 View (704) 666-8823
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Anna Merkley
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28269  (Online Only)
Whether you are dating and thinking of marriage or have been married 25 years, I'd love to help! I have over 7 years of specialized training in couples therapy, including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Level 2 certified.
Have you lost the physical or emotional connection in your marriage? Have you experienced infidelity? Or maybe you just want to communicate better and need some quick tools to improve your relationship? Whatever the reason, nourishing your relationship is one of the best investments you can make. A strong marriage takes work and I'm here to help you put in that work. I am passionate about helping marriages thrive and work to ensure both partners feel validated in our sessions. I also enjoy working with women who want help with anxiety, depression, life transitions, motherhood, grief, self esteem, and work/life balance.
Whether you are dating and thinking of marriage or have been married 25 years, I'd love to help! I have over 7 years of specialized training in couples therapy, including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Level 2 certified.
Have you lost the physical or emotional connection in your marriage? Have you experienced infidelity? Or maybe you just want to communicate better and need some quick tools to improve your relationship? Whatever the reason, nourishing your relationship is one of the best investments you can make. A strong marriage takes work and I'm here to help you put in that work. I am passionate about helping marriages thrive and work to ensure both partners feel validated in our sessions. I also enjoy working with women who want help with anxiety, depression, life transitions, motherhood, grief, self esteem, and work/life balance.
(704) 270-6973 View (704) 270-6973
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Breta M. Collins
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28203
I am also extensively trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Life and love can be messy. Our 24/7 world can make otherwise successful people get out of balance in their lives and in their relationships. The good news is: quality, research-based counseling works for couples and individuals. Together, we can help you and/or your relationship feel better.
I am also extensively trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Life and love can be messy. Our 24/7 world can make otherwise successful people get out of balance in their lives and in their relationships. The good news is: quality, research-based counseling works for couples and individuals. Together, we can help you and/or your relationship feel better.
(704) 276-6626 View (704) 276-6626
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.