Emotionally Focused Therapists in Portland, OR

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Carly Rubin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy ( EFT ), which shares this attachment perspective.
We all have places in our lives where we feel stuck, disconnected, or out of balance. During this time of global uncertainty, reaching out for support is more important than ever. I strive to create an environment where couples, individuals, and families can feel supported and heard. I invite you to deepen your understanding of yourself and your relationships through my experiential, attachment-based approach.
(503) 386-0280
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Portland, OR 97209
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Caryn Zaner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Therapy for the apocalypse: specializing in anxieties, existential overwhelm, improving relationships and boundaries, exploration of identities (including: gender, sexuality, ability, race and ethnicity, career, and class), and I prioritize Queer/TGNC individuals and those impacted by systemic racism, misogyny, and socio-political issues. I work with people who consider themselves perfectionists, overthinkers, people-pleasers; loners, weirdos; people told they are "too difficult," "too sensitive," "too much;" those who want to connect with others but feel unable to due to past hurt or current negative narratives about themselves.
(503) 773-5487
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Portland, OR 97214
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Alan Waiczis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I borrow from several therapeutic models: Emotionally Focused , Mindfulness, Person Centered and Relational, CBT, and DBT.
Currently Accepting New Clients! These are tough times! Many of us find our anxiety or depression is through the roof! Relationship issues are magnified by fears, financial woes, having to stay cooped-up together, and even grave loss. I am here to help. The decision to enter therapy is a courageous one: therapy requires change. You’ve come this far and that says something about you: you want a better life. I have a deep and heartfelt interest in walking the corridors of life with you, helping you find the things you want, the things you deserve, as you, and your partner or family find happiness and meaning in your journey.
(971) 286-5124
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Portland, OR 97216
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Yael Kievsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
Verified
My approach to therapy is collaborative and strengths based, rooted in anti-racism and anti-oppression. I see therapy as a place to build and reclaim your power, nourishing your strengths, needs, vision, and contributions, and tending with care to pain or challenges. I use many approaches: EFT with couples, narrative, solution-focused, systemic, transpersonal approaches & the arts. I have a trauma-informed lens, guided by your choices and experiences as the compass for our work. I also bring an embodied neuroscience lens, with somatic strategies for restoring our nervous system with intention, through anxiety, grief or trauma.
(503) 461-8187
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Portland, OR 97214
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Tazma Ahmed-Datta
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, PhD, EngLit
Verified
Verified
Life is challenging, sadness is real, unbelievable pain is real, and it can take this kind of raw encounter with life to discover our inner strength. I help my clients navigate challenges that inevitably arise, to find ways to deal with setbacks. My approach is heart-centered and mindfulness-based. If you are experiencing anxiety or depression, or struggling with memories of traumatic events, I can help you access your inherent capacity for healing and coming into your wholeness. You can re-experience beauty, restore meaning and purpose in your life.
(503) 980-3562
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Portland, OR 97214
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Cassandra Mitchell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I receive ongoing advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and in contemporary Gestalt therapy.
My approach to therapy is based on the belief that everyone has an innate capacity for healing and growth. As we adapt to life's challenges, however, we sometimes get stuck in long-term patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving, or relating to others that ultimately limit our growth and leave us feeling sad, lonely, overwhelmed, anxious, angry, or fearful. I work collaboratively with clients to help them identify, understand, and change these patterns that keep them feeling stuck so that they can to move towards a life that is more passionate, creative, and fulfilling.
(503) 476-9617
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Portland, OR 97210
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Counseling with Kyan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have great respect for each person’s individual process and employ multiple techniques to facilitate that discovery, including CBT and EFT .
It’s true, life can be painful and even very unfair. Your relationships might be struggling, your daily demands may seem overwhelming, your work may feel far more stressful than engaging, and you may be down on yourself. You may have any number of emotions including anxiety, anger, guilt, pessimism, boredom, regret, sadness, shame, and loneliness. Therapy can help you cope with difficult emotions and provide you with tools to improve your relationship with yourself and with others. My goal is to help you accept your whole being so that your best self can foster positive relationships and create a life of joy and purpose.
(503) 210-9549
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Portland, OR 97205
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Kendra Hollingsworth
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
Verified
I utilize tools and techniques derived from play therapy, Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, as well as Existential and Experiential practices.
There are times in life when we might feel disconnected from ourselves or our loved ones. There might be a desire to reconnect with whom we once were, or a drive to explore who we might be growing into. The stressors of life can often make it easy to forget that the human experience can be an energizing and playful place. Having difficulty navigating the unknown is a part of the human experience. I aim to co-create a space for feelings of confusion or stuckness to exist, and to explore together where that sense of tension may be centered. In our work together we will deepen your relationship to yourself and your loved ones.
(971) 298-8523 x104
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Portland, OR 97205
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Max Wilson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC, Intern
Verified
Verified
I have advanced training in EFT ( Emotionally Focused Therapy) as well as Somatic/Hakomi modalities and am trained in EMDR.
I'm currently accepting new clients! I imagine you might be here looking for something different in your life. Maybe that’s change, connection, autonomy, or shifts in relationship patterns. I help people on their journey to find connection that feels nourishing and interconnected in their relationships. In counseling I aim to create a safe environment so that we can begin to explore your inner world. I work with a variety of diverse relationship structures, including families, blended families, couples, monogamous, polyamorous, and ethically non-monogamous relationships, as well as friendships and individuals.
(971) 233-4109
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Portland, OR 97217
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Marla McFadin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I have also completed core skills training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
I work with individuals, couples and partnered adults to create a collaborative relationship in which we come to a clear understanding of your Self in relationship and what is happening for you in the present. In a safe holding, we explore the nature of the context in which you came to know yourself and understand your current situation and what you experience now. This process provides for flexibility, resilience, whole presence, agency and efficacy. When you know who you are and can be compassionate and accepting of yourself, resourcing and negotiating your needs in the world becomes both more peaceful and more satisfying.
(503) 966-2645
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Portland, OR 97212
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Kasey Joffe
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I primarily utilize Internal Family Systems, EMDR, CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Gottman Methods in my clinical work.
Accepting new clients! I support individuals ages 14-65 in exploring their holistic experiences related to suffering caused by difficult relationships/loss of an important relationship, adjusting to a recent significant life change, and mental health issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and codependency. I help clients identify and process their emotions, negative self-beliefs, body sensations, and behaviors that relate to the problem and prevent them from moving forward in their life, so new ways of approaching the problem and developing solutions are learned and inner peace is restored.
(503) 755-8155
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Portland, OR 97202
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Guy Burstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Only accepting group therapy referrals. In my experience, life is better and easier if you have someone that understands you, sees it from your point of view, and helps you navigate through it. A good therapist is like a fellow traveler who journeys with us into awareness, facilitating the insight necessary to heal and grow. I am a passionate facilitator of this process, helping my clients make sense of their lives and relationships, heal what's kept them stuck, explore new ways of being and live richly. The therapy we do is deep and has long-lasting effects, and the changes become your second nature, even after therapy ends.
(503) 567-2842
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Portland, OR 97205
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Philip Kolba
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
The techniques I use CBT, DBT, ACT, EFT , and EMDR.
Are you as fulfilled by your relationships as you deserve to be? The quality of your relationships influences your mental health and your mental health affects your relationships. By examining your life and relationships with a counselor you can increase your capacity for happiness and success. I work with hetero and LGBTQ individuals, couples, and alternative relationships. I see clients online via encrypted video calls. Online counseling means I'm accessible whenever and wherever it's convenient for you, and you can continue to see me wherever your life takes you.
(503) 994-9493
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Portland, OR 97204
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The Mustard Seed for Counseling
LPC Intern, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I hold MA in Counseling, I have special training in Interpersonal Psychology and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
By visiting this website, you most likely are facing transitions in your life and are aware that you need help. By doing so, you have walked half the way for healing. If you are feeling depressed and stuck, living with anxiety, phobias, traumas, or trapped in addiction to substance or behavior, or living in a turbulent relationship, please, do not be discouraged. Step forward and call for help. Your current situation is not all that you have in your life and you have a lot in your toolbox that you haven't utilized yet. Here I am; ready to help.
(503) 854-0111
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Portland, OR 97215
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Carla Canfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
*Practice and waitlist currently full* If you have been considering couples therapy, I encourage you to reach out. The problems you face can seem overwhelming, but the type of couples therapy I practice ( Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) is very effective at helping you achieve the loving, trusting relationship you deserve. Therapy with me is nonjudgmental, compassionate and practical. I look for destructive patterns in your relationship and help you find your way back to one another.
(503) 446-6228
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Portland, OR 97232
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Hailey Gonnerman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work from an emotionally focused therapy lens.
I believe it is an honor to be trusted with a person's deepest emotions. I am here to offer you a space where you feel supported, understood, and challenged to explore those difficult and seemingly hard to reach places within yourself. I will foster a trusting relationship where, together, we can identify the strengths you already have, in order to cultivate change, growth, and healing. I approach therapy through an experiential lens (understanding, accepting, and experiencing emotions that guide our behaviors).
(971) 257-1617
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Portland, OR 97221
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Beth Purcell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC, ATR-BC
Verified
Verified
Primarily my work draws from emotionally focused , relational and experiential approaches.
Therapy is a collaborative partnership in which every part of you is allowed to exist and evolve. As an art therapist, I see creating as an opportunity to respond to that which seems otherwise insurmountable. It is a chance to express the unspeakable and connect to your wholeness.
(503) 212-6320
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Portland, OR 97213
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Tever Nickerson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I offer caring and compassionate counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues that may be impacting you, your relationships and your family. Whether it is depression and anxiety, parenting support, or resolution to interpersonal conflict, I strive to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for you to explore your concerns.
(503) 342-2156
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Portland, OR 97202
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Dori Kuehn, Somatic Counseling LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CHT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I support my clients in weathering life's storms and in discovering the goodness and tenderness that we all possess inside ourselves. I work from a mindfulness-based practice of "being with what is," while teaching clients how to utilize their body as an ally in their healing journey. As a Certified Hakomi Therapist and PACT trained couple therapist I provide counseling for individuals, couples and adult clients and their parents. My approach to counseling is experiential, emotionally focused , somatic, and person-centered. I utilize somatic ways of working with trauma and attachment issues.
(503) 506-4783
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Portland, OR 97215
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Gina M. DeLeo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
Verified
We will work together to increase communication and feelings of safety and acceptance through an attachment based, emotionally focused lens.
I work with individuals, couples, and families who are hoping to heal past trauma, improve communication and find new possibilities. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, and confused about what your next steps in life should be. These feelings may be related to relationship distress, problems in communication with family members, big life changes, or work stress. I work collaboratively with individuals, families and partners who want to foster connection and form deeper, more loving relationships.
(503) 966-4656
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Portland, OR 97214
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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.