Emotionally Focused Therapists in Philadelphia, PA

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Sarah Marcus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have additional training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Restorative Justice Facilitation, and am currently training in EMDR therapy.
People seek therapy for so many reasons; whether you are navigating experiences of anxiety or depression, grieving losses, processing harm, or seeking a more meaningful connection with others or with yourself, I will meet you with warmth and curiosity. My approach is holistic and collaborative, and is centered on your needs and desires in therapy. I work with clients throughout the lifespan, including youth with identity questions, disabilities, and diverse learning styles.
(267) 641-2112 x722
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Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Erin O'Brien
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Licensed in both PA and DE, my approach is integrative, intersectional, developmental, and contextual with a belief in the value of connection and the power of possibility. I understand that we are heavily shaped by our relationships, family experiences, and positionality in the world with regard to race, culture, class, gender identity, sexuality, etc. My practice is relationship and sexual intimacy focused, and I've deepened my lens to include training in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, in addition to past experience with Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and IMAGO.
(215) 515-8775
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Philadelphia, PA 19110
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Brian J Lundberg
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA MFT
Verified
Verified
I seek to help clients gain insight and process experience working from an emotion-focused therapy ( EFT ) approach with elements integrated from narrative & existential therapy.
I believe that it is necessary to interact with clients as feeling, thinking, and embodied beings; therapy must address each person holistically and relationally in all aspects: emotional, cognitive, and behavioral. Therapy can help us make sense of our selves, our world, our relationships, our personal stories and the paths we take - other words, how to live life as our best, fulfilling selves. A former high school and university teacher, I have a passion for working with adolescents & young adults. I also have a keen interest in working on men's issues, helping men and those close to them to live more in-touch and connected lives.
(267) 930-2078
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Natasha Metzger-Florida
MFT
I work from a contextual and holistic lens integrating CBT, EFT , IFS, and other theories and am LGBTQAI-affirming, kink-aware, and poly-friendly.
Do you have trouble knowing what you want or struggle to ask for it? Do you experience overwhelming emotions? Do you find yourself giving in to avoid arguing or cutting people out?Are you considering a life change- moving, breaking up, moving in together, or a job transition? Are you frustrated and disappointed by the lack of physical and emotional connection with the people closest to you? Are you and your partner concerned by your differing levels of sexual desire? Do you want to liberate a part of yourself? These are some of the many questions that my clients have answered with an emphatic "Yes!"
(856) 644-1359
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Kileen Barry
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Trauma with EFT .
I work with individuals and couples to move toward goals with evidenced-based practices to teach the skills necessary for increasing overall health and happiness. My work moves beyond the traditional pathological root of psychotherapy and toward a holistic, strength-based, systemic, salutogenic approach. My whole-person model considers mental, physical, and emotional health in a unified way. I am queer/gender-affirming, sex-positive, kink/BDSM-affirming, and fat-positive (Health at Every Size-aligned). I aim to help you center yourself in your individual and relational healing as we develop the tools to process complicated feelings.
(484) 969-9558
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Aviva Rosenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am also trained in EMDR therapy and EFT couple’s therapy and have experience supporting couples and families with familial trauma, relationship issues, and life transitions.
It is my honor to collaborate with clients as they access their strengths and resilience to make and maintain meaningful change. I work to create a warm, non-judgment, and trauma-informed therapy space, so we can develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your personal values and needs. We then partner together as we explore the many facets and layers of you, your family, and your environment in order to help you learn more about yourself, understand your struggles, and make concrete changes in your life. I believe in a person’s ongoing ability to grow and change and it is my pleasure to partner with you on that journey.
(610) 510-4494
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Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Michael E Remshard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
When working with couples, I utilize an emotionally focused couples therapy ( EFT ) framework.
Many of us experience times of uncertainty. The challenges we confront may seem overwhelming, but we don't have to face them alone. There is very little that happens to us in life from which we cannot recover and rebuild. Therapy is one way to do so. Therapy involves a special conversation from which new possibilities emerge. From living and listening to people over the years I have discovered that our sufferings initially seem like unwelcomed guests but also invite us to the doorstep of love, humility and healing.
(215) 839-3232
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Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Derik B Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
In my current practice, I take a relational, client-centered approach to individual therapy, while remaining eclectic and drawing from CBT, DBT, Emotionally-Focused Therapy ( EFT ) and Attachment Theory.
Hi, I'm Derik Moore, LCSW. I worked as an outpatient psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for 10 years in the community mental health realm prior to establishing my own practice. I began my career working with those living with HIV as an activist in the mid-1990s in Newark and New Brunswick, NJ, where I engaged in street outreach and advocated for a harm reduction approach. This work informed my commitment to public health and to exploring how economic and sociological factors can play significant roles in the ways we move through the world.
(610) 600-1396
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Peg Pullan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My therapeutic orientation includes emotionally focused , cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based strategies.
Looking for a judgment free zone to work on a problem? Whether new to therapy, or returning for a tune-up, my goal is to help you feel comfortable and get you moving forward. My style is interactive and direct, so you will get plenty of feedback. Therapy does not have to be a long term commitment or a financial burden. I am happy to offer goal directed and short term services. I offer a sliding scale for individuals with high co-pays or without insurance. Please contact me for current availability.
(215) 839-3126
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Philadelphia, PA 19111
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Naomi Berner
LSW, MEd
2 Endorsed
2 Endorsed
I am a relational and systemic therapist who is emotionally focused and work to provide clients with unique tools that will suit their individual needs.
Naomi is a clinical social work and sex therapist who works with clients experiencing a wide variety of mental health and sexuality challenges. She is client-centered, trauma-informed, and collaborates readily with clients to help them achieve their goals, find sexual freedom, feel empowered by their choices, and develop deep insights. As a queer-identified person, she enjoys working with folks of all genders and sexualities and specializes in working with ethically non-monogamous partnerships.
(484) 588-4939
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Sydney Fellah
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My work tends to focus on the very humanity of these experiences, utilizing systems-based, emotionally focused , and neuropsychological lenses for deeper understanding, and breaking up with our tendency to pathologize very natural, yet complex and nuanced, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
Hello, I'm Sydney (she/they); founder of Texture Therapy, where curiosity and connection come together to explore the weaving of your life. With your collaboration, I aim to provide an inviting and inclusive space to support you in navigating your course of self-inquiry, as we better understand the intricacies of your story with compassion and intention. With affirming connection and opportunities for safely exploring yourself in context, we can let go of guilt, shame, and judgement in order to have a more engaging and meaningful life. Please explore my website, www.texturetherapy.com for more information on how I practice.
(215) 774-3019
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Philadelphia, PA 19124
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Kerri Marsh
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Kerri Marsh is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents, adults and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions, improved communication, parenting concerns, substance use and relationship issues.
(484) 759-9428
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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The Better You Institute
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MEd, LMFT, CST
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Our therapists have an eclectic style where we use tools and techniques from a variety of different models (CBT, Trauma-Focused, EFT , Gottman, IFS, DBT, ect).
You're a successful person, yet you feel like there is something missing. You're in a holding pattern of conflict and negativity with yourself and others. What you really want is the sense of calmness that comes with confidence. Instead, you're constantly frustrated and exhausted. You are ready for a transformation! Together, we can work to break negative cycles, find the skills to express, and take control back of your life! Or, maybe you're here for your child or teen? You see them struggling. They can't find the words to express to you their pain, but you see it in their behaviors. Both of you feel stuck. Gain direction with us!
(267) 390-4604
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Philadelphia, PA 19109
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Samantha Appel
Psychologist, PsyD, MEd
Verified
Verified
I believe that everyone deserves a time and a place to work on their mental health, heal from painful experiences, and move towards finding more meaning in their lives and relationships. I also know that given the current pandemic, we're all struggling more than usual! I offer a warm and judgment-free zone to work on a range of issues. I believe psychotherapy works best when it is tailored to each person as a unique individual. I utilize an integrative model, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy ( EFT ), relational, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and humanistic approaches.
(267) 394-9291
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Janet Hope Horwitz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Horwitz has training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy ( EFT ), which focuses on building trust in relationships.
Dr. Horwitz is committed to easing the suffering of people who walk through her door. She has over 25 years of experience in working with anxiety, trauma, depression, loss, as well as couples and relationship issues. She provides a safe and growth-promoting relationship in which you are helped to identify beliefs that don't serve you and to work through negative emotions so that you can feel better about yourself and your relationships. Dr. Horwitz is currently offering sessions both in-person and via telehealth.
(215) 544-2595
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Kevana Nixon
MA, LMFT
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
With my extensive training and continuious supervision I use such interventions that are based from emotionally focused therapy and attachment theory.
I look froward to helping you plan for your partnership or marriage instead of your wedding day! I specialize in working with couples who are pondering the idea of a life time partnership and marriage that want to plan for their life that includes skills such as effective communication, conflict resolution, and parenting.
(610) 624-6574
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Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Meredith Hritz
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT
Verified
Verified
I utilize a combination of theories including Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and Narrative Therapy.
Coming to therapy is an incredibly brave step. Taking the time to look critically at yourself and your relationships is no easy feat. My role is to help clients on their journey of self discovery and empower them to make lasting changes. I am trans-affirming, queer-affirming, and nonmonogamy affirming, and work to continually maintain a truly non-judgmental stance with any client I meet.
(484) 214-2541
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Kerry Hill
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MFA
Verified
Verified
I provide person-centered, emotionally focused therapy, with a trauma-informed approach.
Capitalism causes burn-out, guilt, and exhaustion. It alienates us from ourselves, from one another, and from what makes us feel creative, productive, and respected. I like to tell clients that I'm a "slow" therapist. There is no need to rush when it comes to healing, and I will walk alongside you in your journey. I typically see clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, difficult life transitions (including recent chronic illness diagnoses), self-esteem, or communication issues in relationships.
(267) 389-9311
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Philadelphia, PA 19110
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Laura F Brown
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT
Verified
Verified
Laura is a Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about cultivating meaningful and healing relationships with her clients by working with each client individually to understand and empathize with their unique set of challenges and needs. Laura’s approach to therapy is taking on a compassionate, caring, and genuine therapeutic stance with all of her clients, creating a safe and warm environment for everyone who walks through her door. She uses a multitude of systemic approaches when working with her clients, with an emphasis on Emotionally Focused Therapy and The Gottman Method, in which she holds a Level 3 certification.
(267) 214-6587
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Philadelphia, PA 19110
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Del Thompson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I use an integrative approach, with an emphasis on emotionally focused therapy, as well as narrative and experiential therapy.
It is my dream and job to help to create a space where you feel accepted, understood, and powerful in making changes in your life. Therapy can be a place to feel empowered by understanding ourselves, relationships, and how our bodies respond to trauma. I am going to help you celebrate your victories, laugh along with your jokes, and hold space for what causes you pain. We are seldom taught what it takes to get better, how to work through trauma rather than just deal with it, or even what the first step is to healing ourselves. Let this be the space and chance to take that first step, I want to be there for every step along the path.
(267) 715-9585
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Philadelphia, PA 19147
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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.