Emotionally Focused Therapists in Columbus, OH

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Photo of Kimberly Vitolo, Marriage & Family Therapist in Columbus, OH
Kimberly Vitolo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, IMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a supportive and safe environment to explore your relationship needs and strengthen your connection with your partner? I can help facilitate that process and guide you on the path that you desire. I am an Independently Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples and families. I employ a client-centered, integrative and emotionally focused approach to help clients achieve healthy functioning and relationship satisfaction. I am happy to work with couples who are pre-marital, dating or married.
Are you looking for a supportive and safe environment to explore your relationship needs and strengthen your connection with your partner? I can help facilitate that process and guide you on the path that you desire. I am an Independently Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples and families. I employ a client-centered, integrative and emotionally focused approach to help clients achieve healthy functioning and relationship satisfaction. I am happy to work with couples who are pre-marital, dating or married.
(614) 916-9610 View (614) 916-9610
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Krista Rush Sisterhen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Columbus, OH 43240
It takes a lot of courage to seek help when things aren’t going well. I understand. You want to talk with someone who can help you work through a challenging time with compassion, skill and respect - someone you can trust.
It takes a lot of courage to seek help when things aren’t going well. I understand. You want to talk with someone who can help you work through a challenging time with compassion, skill and respect - someone you can trust.
(614) 802-5513 View (614) 802-5513
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Brad Unruh
Marriage & Family Therapist, IMFT, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I'm trained in Internal Family Systems (completion of all Level 1 modules through IFS institute) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (completion of externship, all core skills, and additional modules applying EFT to sexual dynamics through ICEEFT).
I'm currently adding ONLY couples to my waitlist. I am trained to target emotional experiences to activate internal healing and external connection. I assist couples by facilitating an environment that safely moves folks towards security in self and towards one another in vulnerability so that bonding can replace the need for self-preservation. With individuals, I welcome all parts of each person as they establish security in self helping parts recognize: "parts cope, self heals." I view people as "stuck" and not "sick," and I believe in each person is a healer. In couple therapy, I hold this true: "one therapist, three healers."
I'm trained in Internal Family Systems (completion of all Level 1 modules through IFS institute) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (completion of externship, all core skills, and additional modules applying EFT to sexual dynamics through ICEEFT).
I'm currently adding ONLY couples to my waitlist. I am trained to target emotional experiences to activate internal healing and external connection. I assist couples by facilitating an environment that safely moves folks towards security in self and towards one another in vulnerability so that bonding can replace the need for self-preservation. With individuals, I welcome all parts of each person as they establish security in self helping parts recognize: "parts cope, self heals." I view people as "stuck" and not "sick," and I believe in each person is a healer. In couple therapy, I hold this true: "one therapist, three healers."
(614) 368-0961 View (614) 368-0961
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Calvin Samples
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
Immediate openings available! As a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), I have experience working with a wide variety of couples and individuals (18+). I draw on a range of approaches, including EFT, CBT, and The Gottman Method. I welcome couples interested in pre-marital counseling; those struggling with communication issues; and those coping with infidelity, addiction, co-parenting, and family-blending. I also serve individual clients (18+) dealing with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, grief, and other life changes. I have a special interest in working with military clients and families.
Immediate openings available! As a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), I have experience working with a wide variety of couples and individuals (18+). I draw on a range of approaches, including EFT, CBT, and The Gottman Method. I welcome couples interested in pre-marital counseling; those struggling with communication issues; and those coping with infidelity, addiction, co-parenting, and family-blending. I also serve individual clients (18+) dealing with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, grief, and other life changes. I have a special interest in working with military clients and families.
(380) 666-3136 View (380) 666-3136
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Bayou Wellness
Counselor, LMHC, LCSW, CAP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43213
Bayou Wellness is a therapy group in Pensacola, Florida and also licensed in Ohio, offering outpatient mental health counseling, weekend marriage intensives, and group therapy for teens. Please read about our services and therapists on our website. We offer both in-office and telehealth therapy for individuals, couples, families, and children. Our therapists treat a vast array of issues, including addiction, grief, trauma, adjustment issues, marriage and family issues, and disorders of mood, anxiety, and impulse control. We uniquely provide EMDR therapy, EFT, Gottman therapy, play therapy, and Christian counseling.
Bayou Wellness is a therapy group in Pensacola, Florida and also licensed in Ohio, offering outpatient mental health counseling, weekend marriage intensives, and group therapy for teens. Please read about our services and therapists on our website. We offer both in-office and telehealth therapy for individuals, couples, families, and children. Our therapists treat a vast array of issues, including addiction, grief, trauma, adjustment issues, marriage and family issues, and disorders of mood, anxiety, and impulse control. We uniquely provide EMDR therapy, EFT, Gottman therapy, play therapy, and Christian counseling.
(850) 547-6944 View (850) 547-6944
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Michelle (Shelly) Pinnell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43240
Modern life is overwhelming and difficult at times! I will walk beside you, whether as an individuals, couple, or family to solve issues and heal blocks to being the best you can be. The hallmark of my counseling style is to facilitiate learning that goes beyond a "head" level, and is also integrated in the heart. I will teach you techniques, such as EFT and hypnosis, which you can use in your daily lives to eliminate symptoms, feel better, and interact more effectively with those around you.
Modern life is overwhelming and difficult at times! I will walk beside you, whether as an individuals, couple, or family to solve issues and heal blocks to being the best you can be. The hallmark of my counseling style is to facilitiate learning that goes beyond a "head" level, and is also integrated in the heart. I will teach you techniques, such as EFT and hypnosis, which you can use in your daily lives to eliminate symptoms, feel better, and interact more effectively with those around you.
(614) 664-6192 View (614) 664-6192
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Emily Gibson
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43211
Waitlist for new clients
My unique combination of attachment-focused, trauma-informed, somatic (body) work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy and EMDR techniques have amazing, transformative results.
Such a major step you’re taking right now, seeking out therapeutic support to work towards healing when much of life is uncertain, stressful, and just hard sometimes. It can be helpful to have someone to talk to who will listen, guide, and support you. We’ll collaborate to help you recognize, understand, and learn to manage your emotions, motivations, experiences, relationships, and behaviors - you too can have a happier, healthier life. Together we'll build a toolkit of resources you can use in your daily life to bring about increased peace, decreased stress, and a wider "Window of Tolerance." It's okay to ask for help sometimes!
My unique combination of attachment-focused, trauma-informed, somatic (body) work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy and EMDR techniques have amazing, transformative results.
Such a major step you’re taking right now, seeking out therapeutic support to work towards healing when much of life is uncertain, stressful, and just hard sometimes. It can be helpful to have someone to talk to who will listen, guide, and support you. We’ll collaborate to help you recognize, understand, and learn to manage your emotions, motivations, experiences, relationships, and behaviors - you too can have a happier, healthier life. Together we'll build a toolkit of resources you can use in your daily life to bring about increased peace, decreased stress, and a wider "Window of Tolerance." It's okay to ask for help sometimes!
(567) 278-9368 View (567) 278-9368
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Alexis Johnston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
Alexis’ clinical approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and emotion focused therapy (EFT).
Alexis has experience working with individuals and couples in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies and substance abuse treatment centers. Alexis has worked with adults seeking help to heal relationships, build self-esteem, cope with difficult life transitions, and learn tools to manage symptoms of anxiety and grief.
Alexis’ clinical approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and emotion focused therapy (EFT).
Alexis has experience working with individuals and couples in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies and substance abuse treatment centers. Alexis has worked with adults seeking help to heal relationships, build self-esteem, cope with difficult life transitions, and learn tools to manage symptoms of anxiety and grief.
(614) 826-9971 View (614) 826-9971
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Don D Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LISW-S, LCSW
Verified
Columbus, OH 43235
Welcome! I am Dr. Don Allen. I have a concierge practice and have formally opened my Austin, Texas office! I currently specialize in the treatment of Marriage and Emotional Trauma. I am a Certified Gottman Therapist, Certified EFT Therapist and EMDR Certified Therapist. Prior to 2012, I specialized in the treatment of Children and Adolescents and Drug and Alcohol Intervention. Please visit my website to get to know me, learn more about my practice, see videos and listen to my live radio broadcasts. Looking forward!
Welcome! I am Dr. Don Allen. I have a concierge practice and have formally opened my Austin, Texas office! I currently specialize in the treatment of Marriage and Emotional Trauma. I am a Certified Gottman Therapist, Certified EFT Therapist and EMDR Certified Therapist. Prior to 2012, I specialized in the treatment of Children and Adolescents and Drug and Alcohol Intervention. Please visit my website to get to know me, learn more about my practice, see videos and listen to my live radio broadcasts. Looking forward!
(512) 601-5297 View (512) 601-5297
Photo of Lara Waldenmaier, Counselor in Columbus, OH
Lara Waldenmaier
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
Sometimes we all need a safe space to share our stories with a caring and unbiased listener, and I want to provide that for you. I have been in the mental health field for over 20 years and licensed as a Professional Counselor since 2004. With experience working with many different types of people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, panic, mental and physical illnesses, relationship issues and so on, I am passionate about helping college students, couples, internationals, jobseekers and adults of any age who are seeking emotional healing, mental health, support and direction for their life's struggles and spiritual questions.
Sometimes we all need a safe space to share our stories with a caring and unbiased listener, and I want to provide that for you. I have been in the mental health field for over 20 years and licensed as a Professional Counselor since 2004. With experience working with many different types of people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, panic, mental and physical illnesses, relationship issues and so on, I am passionate about helping college students, couples, internationals, jobseekers and adults of any age who are seeking emotional healing, mental health, support and direction for their life's struggles and spiritual questions.
(440) 540-5258 View (440) 540-5258
Photo of Angela Kim, Marriage & Family Therapist in Columbus, OH
Angela Kim
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43235
Primarily using an Emotionally Focused and Trauma-Informed approach, I work with clients to explore the emotions and layers under the surface that fuel disruptive behaviors and cause pain and conflict within oneself and in relationships.
I consider it a true honor to journey with clients through times of difficulty, pain, change, and growth. Whether you are facing internal struggles such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, or difficulties in marriage, family, or personal relationships, I offer a safe and nonjudgmental space to journey together and support you in your goals. Since many of our difficulties and struggles have roots in traumatic or overwhelming experiences, I work holistically with the body, mind, emotions, and soul, to help you process pain and work with existing patterns and cycles to try something new. There is hope and support for you here.
Primarily using an Emotionally Focused and Trauma-Informed approach, I work with clients to explore the emotions and layers under the surface that fuel disruptive behaviors and cause pain and conflict within oneself and in relationships.
I consider it a true honor to journey with clients through times of difficulty, pain, change, and growth. Whether you are facing internal struggles such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, or difficulties in marriage, family, or personal relationships, I offer a safe and nonjudgmental space to journey together and support you in your goals. Since many of our difficulties and struggles have roots in traumatic or overwhelming experiences, I work holistically with the body, mind, emotions, and soul, to help you process pain and work with existing patterns and cycles to try something new. There is hope and support for you here.
(614) 502-6690 View (614) 502-6690
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Allison Fagan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
I offer short-term intensive relationship counseling based on Emotionally Focused Therapy, a research validated approach created by Dr.
I help people in distressed adult relationships. In a marriage or partnership, we need to know that we can reach our partner and feel connected and open to them, that we can count on our partner to respond to us when we are in need, and that we are special and cherished by our partner. I can help you find your way back to your partner, and restore feelings of safety and connection. In other close adult relationships, such as an adult child and a parent, distress can occur despite a desire by both parties to be closely connected.
I offer short-term intensive relationship counseling based on Emotionally Focused Therapy, a research validated approach created by Dr.
I help people in distressed adult relationships. In a marriage or partnership, we need to know that we can reach our partner and feel connected and open to them, that we can count on our partner to respond to us when we are in need, and that we are special and cherished by our partner. I can help you find your way back to your partner, and restore feelings of safety and connection. In other close adult relationships, such as an adult child and a parent, distress can occur despite a desire by both parties to be closely connected.
(614) 957-1280 View (614) 957-1280
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Jennifer McCowan
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43212
Jennifer "Jen" McCowan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor (LPCC-S)who has over 10 years of experience providing therapy to children, teenagers, and adults from a variety of backgrounds. She specializes in trauma, anxiety, gender role issues, stress caused by transitions from one life stage to another, relationship issues, family dynamics, and self-esteem. She considers herself to be on an unending journey to grow in the area of cultural humility.
Jennifer "Jen" McCowan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor (LPCC-S)who has over 10 years of experience providing therapy to children, teenagers, and adults from a variety of backgrounds. She specializes in trauma, anxiety, gender role issues, stress caused by transitions from one life stage to another, relationship issues, family dynamics, and self-esteem. She considers herself to be on an unending journey to grow in the area of cultural humility.
(614) 714-4574 View (614) 714-4574
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Tru-Rob Counseling and Consulting, LLC
Counselor, PhD, LPCC-S, CRC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43232
TRU-ROB Counseling and Consulting, LLC is a professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and the community by providing comprehensive and effective behavioral health services through a caring, responsive partnership. We provide counseling and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to helping others by utilizing the method and manner which best fits the client to ensure they receive the best care possible. We approach our work and our world with professionalism, a variety of treatment approaches, flexibility and collaboration.
TRU-ROB Counseling and Consulting, LLC is a professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and the community by providing comprehensive and effective behavioral health services through a caring, responsive partnership. We provide counseling and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to helping others by utilizing the method and manner which best fits the client to ensure they receive the best care possible. We approach our work and our world with professionalism, a variety of treatment approaches, flexibility and collaboration.
(740) 513-4488 View (740) 513-4488
Photo of Sharon Hawkins, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Columbus, OH
Sharon Hawkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , LSW , LICDC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
I'm not sure I have an ideal client. I believe in meeting a person where they are and moving forward from there. I feel people often come to therapy to help find the best version of themselves. I enjoy helping others find solutions to their problems, helping them identify their strengths, and deciding how to improve their weaknesses.
I'm not sure I have an ideal client. I believe in meeting a person where they are and moving forward from there. I feel people often come to therapy to help find the best version of themselves. I enjoy helping others find solutions to their problems, helping them identify their strengths, and deciding how to improve their weaknesses.
(380) 208-0089 View (380) 208-0089
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Melissa Elbert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
Melissa Elbert is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with over seven years of experience working with clients in their communities as well as in office. She is passionate about assisting clients meet their goals for treatment. She has experience working with adults and couples. Melissa has post graduate training in CBT, DBT, anxiety disorders, trauma-informed care, ADHD, and CPT. Melissa specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders including alcohol use and opioid use.
Melissa Elbert is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with over seven years of experience working with clients in their communities as well as in office. She is passionate about assisting clients meet their goals for treatment. She has experience working with adults and couples. Melissa has post graduate training in CBT, DBT, anxiety disorders, trauma-informed care, ADHD, and CPT. Melissa specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders including alcohol use and opioid use.
(614) 968-9351 View (614) 968-9351
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Megan Thaler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults who struggle with issues related to food, body image, anxiety, and depression. I am a passionate advocate for my clients and believe in providing high quality, evidence-based care designed to support each individual’s goals. I operate from a strengths-based, person-centered approach and work to empower individuals and families to live their best, most balanced lives. I currently practice via telehealth only.
I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults who struggle with issues related to food, body image, anxiety, and depression. I am a passionate advocate for my clients and believe in providing high quality, evidence-based care designed to support each individual’s goals. I operate from a strengths-based, person-centered approach and work to empower individuals and families to live their best, most balanced lives. I currently practice via telehealth only.
(614) 714-1395 View (614) 714-1395
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Rebecca Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43214  (Online Only)
I specialize in women's sexual health, relationship issues, anxiety, job related stress, life transitions, and the impacts of trauma, injury, and illness. I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership and my goal is to create a supportive environment of trust and acceptance. I practice an insight-oriented and psychodynamic approach, meaning that the past informs the present and can create unconscious patterns of thought and behavior. Once we have awareness of how our experiences impact our lives, healing can begin.
I specialize in women's sexual health, relationship issues, anxiety, job related stress, life transitions, and the impacts of trauma, injury, and illness. I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership and my goal is to create a supportive environment of trust and acceptance. I practice an insight-oriented and psychodynamic approach, meaning that the past informs the present and can create unconscious patterns of thought and behavior. Once we have awareness of how our experiences impact our lives, healing can begin.
(614) 808-0225 View (614) 808-0225
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Jennifer Bartosek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AM, LISW
Verified
Columbus, OH 43214  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about helping people gain insight and a sense of empowerment as they navigate the transitions and challenges inherent in life. I create a safe and open space for clients to deepen their awareness of themselves and others. With new found insights, a deeper understanding of one's thought process and patterns, I believe clients will be equipped with the knowledge required to make significant change in their lives and relationships. I specialize in working with the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, couples issues, self-esteem, co-dependency, eating disorders, women's issues, and related challenges.
I am passionate about helping people gain insight and a sense of empowerment as they navigate the transitions and challenges inherent in life. I create a safe and open space for clients to deepen their awareness of themselves and others. With new found insights, a deeper understanding of one's thought process and patterns, I believe clients will be equipped with the knowledge required to make significant change in their lives and relationships. I specialize in working with the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, couples issues, self-esteem, co-dependency, eating disorders, women's issues, and related challenges.
(312) 487-4022 View (312) 487-4022
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A & R Behavioral Health, Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Regina , BSY, MSW, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43219
A & R Behavioral Health's primary mission is to provide a nonjudgmental open environment, with a deep and unique understanding of struggle and an attentive listening ear that can help our clients to be motivated to positive changes which will inspire them to find and live life within their purpose. We specialize in a variety of counseling services to include but not limited to couples, individual, and group counseling, grief, marriage, anxiety, depression, family, addiction, LGBTQ+ issues, behavioral and PTSD trauma therapy. All our therapists are skillful, knowledgeable, transparent, and compassionate.
A & R Behavioral Health's primary mission is to provide a nonjudgmental open environment, with a deep and unique understanding of struggle and an attentive listening ear that can help our clients to be motivated to positive changes which will inspire them to find and live life within their purpose. We specialize in a variety of counseling services to include but not limited to couples, individual, and group counseling, grief, marriage, anxiety, depression, family, addiction, LGBTQ+ issues, behavioral and PTSD trauma therapy. All our therapists are skillful, knowledgeable, transparent, and compassionate.
(614) 714-5289 View (614) 714-5289

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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.