Emotionally Focused Therapists in Las Vegas, NV

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Winter Tempest
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89119  (Online Only)
Employing a person-centered approach, I blend art, narrative methods, gestalt, and EFT to offer holistic support.
Hi, I’m Winter. I specialize in men's mental health, relationships, sex and porn addiction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and supporting sex workers and the LGBTQ+ community. Offering a safe, inclusive space for individuals facing personal and relational challenges, my therapy aims to foster healing, growth, and stronger connections. Committed to each individual through their unique journey, I work with clients to navigate life's complexities, embracing resilience and fulfillment in their personal and relational lives. Together, we'll work towards meaningful change and improved well-being.
Employing a person-centered approach, I blend art, narrative methods, gestalt, and EFT to offer holistic support.
Hi, I’m Winter. I specialize in men's mental health, relationships, sex and porn addiction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and supporting sex workers and the LGBTQ+ community. Offering a safe, inclusive space for individuals facing personal and relational challenges, my therapy aims to foster healing, growth, and stronger connections. Committed to each individual through their unique journey, I work with clients to navigate life's complexities, embracing resilience and fulfillment in their personal and relational lives. Together, we'll work towards meaningful change and improved well-being.
(702) 842-0619 View (702) 842-0619
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Dr. Shellie J Keller
Licensed Professional Counselor, CADC-I, MBA, MA, MS, PhD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89120  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am trauma-informed and emotionally focused.
Contact me for a free consultation. We can discuss your needs, get to know each other, and decide whether we'll work together to design and complete a mental wellness plan designed for you. Mental well-being is possible with a strong therapeutic relationship.
I am trauma-informed and emotionally focused.
Contact me for a free consultation. We can discuss your needs, get to know each other, and decide whether we'll work together to design and complete a mental wellness plan designed for you. Mental well-being is possible with a strong therapeutic relationship.
(725) 208-5631 View (725) 208-5631
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Madison Day
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89128
I work collaboratively with clients using various modalities such as Psychodynamic therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, & Parts and Memory Therapy to provide relief from Anxiety, Depression, CPTSD, OCD, trauma, childhood emotional neglect, life transitions, marital issues, family issues, & identity.
My ideal clients are adults 18-35 who struggle to understand why they feel something is "wrong" with them, missing from their life or who struggle with understanding, regulating and processing their emotions. My ideal client wants to find clarity and understanding of their past experiences and how they influence their behaviors presently while learning skills and utilizing tools to create a life aligned with their truest selves.
I work collaboratively with clients using various modalities such as Psychodynamic therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, & Parts and Memory Therapy to provide relief from Anxiety, Depression, CPTSD, OCD, trauma, childhood emotional neglect, life transitions, marital issues, family issues, & identity.
My ideal clients are adults 18-35 who struggle to understand why they feel something is "wrong" with them, missing from their life or who struggle with understanding, regulating and processing their emotions. My ideal client wants to find clarity and understanding of their past experiences and how they influence their behaviors presently while learning skills and utilizing tools to create a life aligned with their truest selves.
(702) 997-0165 View (702) 997-0165
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Dr. Rory Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, ICGC-II
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy by Dr.
I have tremendous respect for the courage it takes to share sensitive aspects of your life. Everyone has unique circumstances so I take time to get to know you personally, your strengths, limitations, and customize treatment accordingly. I don't take a cookie-cutter approach to helping you. Each session, we set an agenda, review improvements, and work as a team to focus on your treatment goals. My therapeutic work is evidence-based, informed by research, and together we will track your changes to assess your progress toward treatment goals.
Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy by Dr.
I have tremendous respect for the courage it takes to share sensitive aspects of your life. Everyone has unique circumstances so I take time to get to know you personally, your strengths, limitations, and customize treatment accordingly. I don't take a cookie-cutter approach to helping you. Each session, we set an agenda, review improvements, and work as a team to focus on your treatment goals. My therapeutic work is evidence-based, informed by research, and together we will track your changes to assess your progress toward treatment goals.
(702) 747-2041 View (702) 747-2041
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Elena Angelkova
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS, MFT-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89129
I use an interconnected approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and some Experiential Therapy.
I am a licensed Couple and Family Therapist Intern at Beyond Therapy. I chose this career because I love helping people with their mental health struggles, and love being part of their healing journey. I view people from a holistic perspective. I also acknowledge and appreciate the client’s cultural and ethnic background, because I believe understanding this is important. I am extremely passionate about helping people process grief(dying of a loved one, life transitions, etc.) and helping individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds who suffer from chronic and/or terminal illnesses.
I use an interconnected approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and some Experiential Therapy.
I am a licensed Couple and Family Therapist Intern at Beyond Therapy. I chose this career because I love helping people with their mental health struggles, and love being part of their healing journey. I view people from a holistic perspective. I also acknowledge and appreciate the client’s cultural and ethnic background, because I believe understanding this is important. I am extremely passionate about helping people process grief(dying of a loved one, life transitions, etc.) and helping individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds who suffer from chronic and/or terminal illnesses.
(725) 234-6894 View (725) 234-6894
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Liberty Pfeffer
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS, MFT-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Accepting new clients! My therapeutic approach is inclusive and trauma-informed. I value my clients as whole human beings, by acknowledging the parts of themselves that have been impacted by trauma and highlighting their inner strengths and resiliency. I integrate a variety of holistic healing modalities such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and EMDR to enhance secure connections to yourself, others, and the world.
Accepting new clients! My therapeutic approach is inclusive and trauma-informed. I value my clients as whole human beings, by acknowledging the parts of themselves that have been impacted by trauma and highlighting their inner strengths and resiliency. I integrate a variety of holistic healing modalities such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and EMDR to enhance secure connections to yourself, others, and the world.
(702) 887-1066 View (702) 887-1066
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Alana Gordon
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I, CCPS
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89131  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained to work with adolescents, individuals, and couples with Gottman Level 1 training, the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model Training, Brainspotting, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
New Clients: waitlist only. There are times in life when we may feel stretched beyond our limits, in need of repair. When we feel hopeless that things will get better, whether individually, in your relationship, or with your family. During these difficult times it can be hard to ask for help. When you take that first step of reaching out, I’ll come along side of you and aid in your journey towards healing, balance, and wellness. I will collaborate with you to help guide your journey, as we work together to find health and happiness. I do individual sessions as well as run small groups for betrayed partners.
I am trained to work with adolescents, individuals, and couples with Gottman Level 1 training, the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model Training, Brainspotting, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
New Clients: waitlist only. There are times in life when we may feel stretched beyond our limits, in need of repair. When we feel hopeless that things will get better, whether individually, in your relationship, or with your family. During these difficult times it can be hard to ask for help. When you take that first step of reaching out, I’ll come along side of you and aid in your journey towards healing, balance, and wellness. I will collaborate with you to help guide your journey, as we work together to find health and happiness. I do individual sessions as well as run small groups for betrayed partners.
(725) 213-4827 View (725) 213-4827
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Cassandra Manoogian
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89149  (Online Only)
Specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy, I provide personalized support for clients dealing with trauma, self-esteem, and family issues.
Looking to embrace positive change and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing? I specialize in offering compassionate support to individuals of all ages (specializing in teens) navigating life's challenges. Whether you're dealing with trauma, self-esteem issues, or family conflicts, I'm here to provide a safe space for your healing journey. emotional well-being, foster healthier relationships, and ultimately, empower you to lead a fulfilling life that you deserve.
Specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy, I provide personalized support for clients dealing with trauma, self-esteem, and family issues.
Looking to embrace positive change and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing? I specialize in offering compassionate support to individuals of all ages (specializing in teens) navigating life's challenges. Whether you're dealing with trauma, self-esteem issues, or family conflicts, I'm here to provide a safe space for your healing journey. emotional well-being, foster healthier relationships, and ultimately, empower you to lead a fulfilling life that you deserve.
(702) 919-4285 View (702) 919-4285
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JoLae Brandt-Shapiro
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89117
I have additional training in Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I am passionate about helping couples navigate relationship challenges.
Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, or seeking personal growth, my goal is to support you in finding greater harmony and wholeness within yourself and your relationships. We are ALL incredibly resilient humans and adapt to our environments; over time, these well-intended parts of us may hinder our growth and sense of peace. I am here to be your ally on the path of self-discovery, healing, and strengthening your relationship with yourself to discover ways of connecting and communicating that are conducive to deep and meaningful relationships.
I have additional training in Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I am passionate about helping couples navigate relationship challenges.
Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, or seeking personal growth, my goal is to support you in finding greater harmony and wholeness within yourself and your relationships. We are ALL incredibly resilient humans and adapt to our environments; over time, these well-intended parts of us may hinder our growth and sense of peace. I am here to be your ally on the path of self-discovery, healing, and strengthening your relationship with yourself to discover ways of connecting and communicating that are conducive to deep and meaningful relationships.
(702) 330-8846 View (702) 330-8846
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Garrett Engle
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89144
I am eager to work with individuals and couples from various backgrounds and help guide them through any challenges, struggles, and unexpected life changes. I especially have a passion for working with children, teens, and adolescents. I take an evidence-based approach that combines well researched interventions from emotionally focused family therapy and brief strategic models to help guide and inform the delivery of treatment and services.
I am eager to work with individuals and couples from various backgrounds and help guide them through any challenges, struggles, and unexpected life changes. I especially have a passion for working with children, teens, and adolescents. I take an evidence-based approach that combines well researched interventions from emotionally focused family therapy and brief strategic models to help guide and inform the delivery of treatment and services.
(702) 553-1949 View (702) 553-1949
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Mariah Eckert-Berry
MFT-I
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89129
By Integrating Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Art therapy, my clients and I work towards finding a way to make their lives more comfortable.
Sometimes life feels like it will be hard indefinitely, and it can be challenging to be vulnerable and share that experience with someone else. I recognize that, and I invite clients to therapy to allow me to share that experience with them. As a Marriage and Family Therapy State Intern, I work with individuals, couples, and families.
By Integrating Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Art therapy, my clients and I work towards finding a way to make their lives more comfortable.
Sometimes life feels like it will be hard indefinitely, and it can be challenging to be vulnerable and share that experience with someone else. I recognize that, and I invite clients to therapy to allow me to share that experience with them. As a Marriage and Family Therapy State Intern, I work with individuals, couples, and families.
(702) 887-1285 View (702) 887-1285
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Jennifer L. Bolick
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89120
EMDR and EFT trained.
***Now accepting new clients*** Do you seek more harmony within yourself and your relationships? Do you feel like you are living in chaos? Trying to keep up with the frantic pace of life can be anxiety provoking and overwhelming, but there is hope. I can help you tackle the challenges you face and create the life you were meant to live.
EMDR and EFT trained.
***Now accepting new clients*** Do you seek more harmony within yourself and your relationships? Do you feel like you are living in chaos? Trying to keep up with the frantic pace of life can be anxiety provoking and overwhelming, but there is hope. I can help you tackle the challenges you face and create the life you were meant to live.
(725) 444-8829 View (725) 444-8829
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Tyler Rich
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89145
I use emotionally focused therapy for couples to help couple repair and improve their relationship.
Romantic relationships are one of the hardest things that you will ever do in your life. Communication problems, arguing, bickering can lead you to have the same type of fight day after day. You both could be using attacking or harsh words in these moments of disconnection. This leads you to more hurt and pain. Learning how to work through any problem that exists in your relationship is hardworking but possible. Issues that you might have could be letting your partner down or not meeting their expectations, money issues, parenting disagreements, lack of sex, or even working through an affair.
I use emotionally focused therapy for couples to help couple repair and improve their relationship.
Romantic relationships are one of the hardest things that you will ever do in your life. Communication problems, arguing, bickering can lead you to have the same type of fight day after day. You both could be using attacking or harsh words in these moments of disconnection. This leads you to more hurt and pain. Learning how to work through any problem that exists in your relationship is hardworking but possible. Issues that you might have could be letting your partner down or not meeting their expectations, money issues, parenting disagreements, lack of sex, or even working through an affair.
(702) 960-1917 View (702) 960-1917
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Neeka Wittern
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89144
I take an evidence-based approach that combines interventions from Internal Family Systems, Strategic Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models to help clients overcome trauma, and navigate life.
No one can fix you, because you are not broken. - Dr. Emily N. It is my goal is to help guide you through any challenges, trauma, or life changes you may experience. I specialize in sex therapy, depression and anxiety. I have a passion for working with sex workers, depression, anxiety, Ethical Non-Monogamy, LGBTQ+, new parents, multicultural couples/families, sexual issues, and trauma. Furthermore, I believe that clients have everything they need to make positive changes in their lives within themselves. Using this lens, I focus on establishing reachable goals with my clients, which can be maintained throughout their lives.
I take an evidence-based approach that combines interventions from Internal Family Systems, Strategic Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models to help clients overcome trauma, and navigate life.
No one can fix you, because you are not broken. - Dr. Emily N. It is my goal is to help guide you through any challenges, trauma, or life changes you may experience. I specialize in sex therapy, depression and anxiety. I have a passion for working with sex workers, depression, anxiety, Ethical Non-Monogamy, LGBTQ+, new parents, multicultural couples/families, sexual issues, and trauma. Furthermore, I believe that clients have everything they need to make positive changes in their lives within themselves. Using this lens, I focus on establishing reachable goals with my clients, which can be maintained throughout their lives.
(702) 605-7419 View (702) 605-7419
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Steven Bonn
Counselor, MS, LMFT, LCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Steven is Gottman and emotionally focused trained.
Steven Bonn is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and his primary focus is in couples counseling. He is located near downtown Las Vegas, and his office is designed to inspire comfort and safety.
Steven is Gottman and emotionally focused trained.
Steven Bonn is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and his primary focus is in couples counseling. He is located near downtown Las Vegas, and his office is designed to inspire comfort and safety.
(702) 723-6867 View (702) 723-6867
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Arianna Gonzalez-Bueno
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89120  (Online Only)
I trained in EMDR, Gottman Couple’s therapy, DBT, and EFT.
Struggling with depression, anxiety, and family issues could feel isolating. However, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. I am passionate about helping clients navigate challenging and stressful life events by providing a compassionate and supportive treatment environment that promotes healing, learning, and growth. I offer a combination of mindfulness, understanding the connection between the body and mind, and learning coping skills to reduce the symptoms and create long-lasting healthy habits.
I trained in EMDR, Gottman Couple’s therapy, DBT, and EFT.
Struggling with depression, anxiety, and family issues could feel isolating. However, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. I am passionate about helping clients navigate challenging and stressful life events by providing a compassionate and supportive treatment environment that promotes healing, learning, and growth. I offer a combination of mindfulness, understanding the connection between the body and mind, and learning coping skills to reduce the symptoms and create long-lasting healthy habits.
(702) 842-9860 View (702) 842-9860
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Kimball Lindquist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89123
I use Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT for short.
Accepting New Clients through In person therapy only. I specialize in couple's, relational, and marriage therapy. Struggling to find peace and connection in a relationship can be very challenging. When things start getting out of control, it can feel very chaotic, confusing, and painful. I provide a system that can help you both understand and get to the answers you've been looking for by learning to get back on the same page. To understand and feel heard again.
I use Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT for short.
Accepting New Clients through In person therapy only. I specialize in couple's, relational, and marriage therapy. Struggling to find peace and connection in a relationship can be very challenging. When things start getting out of control, it can feel very chaotic, confusing, and painful. I provide a system that can help you both understand and get to the answers you've been looking for by learning to get back on the same page. To understand and feel heard again.
(702) 903-7785 View (702) 903-7785
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Darlyn Magaña
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Through connections and attentive guidance, I support my clients in both English and Spanish to navigating life’s challenges and unlock their potential by incorporating approaches from Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Starting therapy takes courage, and I acknowledge that it can feel overwhelming. Rest assured, therapy provides a secure and accepting environment where you can explore your thoughts and emotions without fear of criticism or judgment. Therapy is an investment in yourself and your well-being. Together, we’ll work collaboratively to address your concerns and help you develop tools to navigate life's challenges with ease and confidence.
Through connections and attentive guidance, I support my clients in both English and Spanish to navigating life’s challenges and unlock their potential by incorporating approaches from Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Starting therapy takes courage, and I acknowledge that it can feel overwhelming. Rest assured, therapy provides a secure and accepting environment where you can explore your thoughts and emotions without fear of criticism or judgment. Therapy is an investment in yourself and your well-being. Together, we’ll work collaboratively to address your concerns and help you develop tools to navigate life's challenges with ease and confidence.
(702) 472-8915 View (702) 472-8915
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Olivia LaMothe
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123
I utilize a trauma-informed, emotionally focused approach to therapy, with an emphasis on attachment, mindfulness and self- compassion.
Life and relationship can be hard and feeling stuck and alone at times, is normal for the best of us. When attitudes and behaviors we learned along the way, seem to no longer work in the relationships and situations we find ourselves in today, stress, conflict and feelings of overwhelm ensue. Therapy involves identifying and exploring the emotion and history behind it all, to bring forth new awareness and change. It is my passion to help those who are ready, gently move into the life they desire!
I utilize a trauma-informed, emotionally focused approach to therapy, with an emphasis on attachment, mindfulness and self- compassion.
Life and relationship can be hard and feeling stuck and alone at times, is normal for the best of us. When attitudes and behaviors we learned along the way, seem to no longer work in the relationships and situations we find ourselves in today, stress, conflict and feelings of overwhelm ensue. Therapy involves identifying and exploring the emotion and history behind it all, to bring forth new awareness and change. It is my passion to help those who are ready, gently move into the life they desire!
(725) 527-8402 View (725) 527-8402
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Morgan Gorst
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS, MFT-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89117  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I most closely use Experiential therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with partnerships and families.
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” [― bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism.] In my practice, I follow a humanistic and client-centered approach. I am currently working towards certification in EMDR, and strive to be trauma-informed and social-justice oriented. My focus is in depression, anxiety, disordered eating, LGBT+ issues, ADHD, Autism, and I work with adults, adolescents, and occasionally children on a case-by-case basis.
I most closely use Experiential therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with partnerships and families.
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” [― bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism.] In my practice, I follow a humanistic and client-centered approach. I am currently working towards certification in EMDR, and strive to be trauma-informed and social-justice oriented. My focus is in depression, anxiety, disordered eating, LGBT+ issues, ADHD, Autism, and I work with adults, adolescents, and occasionally children on a case-by-case basis.
(725) 208-1053 View (725) 208-1053

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.