Emotionally Focused Therapists in Philadelphia, PA

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Del Thompson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19147
I use an integrative approach, with an emphasis on emotionally focused therapy, as well as narrative and experiential therapy.
Are you ready to become the person you know you are? To lean into compassion, heal your relationships, or feel affirmed in your identity and decisions? Therapy is about creating a sense of self that we feel connected to and at peace with, even against a world that is often uncomfortable and unaccepting of us. I want to help create a space where you feel comfortable and confident in exploring who you are whether that be in your relationships, gender, sexuality, or more. I am going to work to help you feel validated, explore the underlying issues, and find ways to support you when systems you are caught in feel overwhelming.
I use an integrative approach, with an emphasis on emotionally focused therapy, as well as narrative and experiential therapy.
Are you ready to become the person you know you are? To lean into compassion, heal your relationships, or feel affirmed in your identity and decisions? Therapy is about creating a sense of self that we feel connected to and at peace with, even against a world that is often uncomfortable and unaccepting of us. I want to help create a space where you feel comfortable and confident in exploring who you are whether that be in your relationships, gender, sexuality, or more. I am going to work to help you feel validated, explore the underlying issues, and find ways to support you when systems you are caught in feel overwhelming.
(267) 715-9585 View (267) 715-9585
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Dr. Kevana Nixon
DCFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19143
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.
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 View (610) 624-6574
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Kerri Marsh
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
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.
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 View (484) 759-9428
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Laura F Brown
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT, MS
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
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.
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 View (267) 214-6587
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Derik B Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
In my current practice, I take a relational, client-centered approach, while remaining eclectic & drawing from CBT, DBT, EFT, & Attachment Theory.
Hi, I'm Derik Moore, LCSW. I worked as a 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 play significant roles in the ways we move through the world. I have also been a musician for nearly 40 years and offer virtual and in-person drum lessons.
In my current practice, I take a relational, client-centered approach, while remaining eclectic & drawing from CBT, DBT, EFT, & Attachment Theory.
Hi, I'm Derik Moore, LCSW. I worked as a 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 play significant roles in the ways we move through the world. I have also been a musician for nearly 40 years and offer virtual and in-person drum lessons.
(610) 600-1396 View (610) 600-1396
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Rachel Milberg
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
My work is informed by narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, mindfulness, systems theory, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Welcome! I'm Rachel. In my therapy, I care about building a space with you that is safe and uniquely yours, where you can share what is on your mind and feel supported in making meaningful changes to your life. I believe in the power of being heard and understood, and strive to create a comfortable, non-judgmental therapeutic experience for those I work with. I use a relational and systemic framework by exploring challenges in the context of our world and our relationships. I bring my personality into my work, including my sense of humor, curiosity, and compassion. I look forward to learning more about you and your goals!
My work is informed by narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, mindfulness, systems theory, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Welcome! I'm Rachel. In my therapy, I care about building a space with you that is safe and uniquely yours, where you can share what is on your mind and feel supported in making meaningful changes to your life. I believe in the power of being heard and understood, and strive to create a comfortable, non-judgmental therapeutic experience for those I work with. I use a relational and systemic framework by exploring challenges in the context of our world and our relationships. I bring my personality into my work, including my sense of humor, curiosity, and compassion. I look forward to learning more about you and your goals!
(267) 214-8815 View (267) 214-8815
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Samantha Appel
Psychologist, PsyD, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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.
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 View (267) 394-9291
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Aviva Rosenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19146  (Online Only)
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.
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 View (610) 510-4494
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Leeor Gal
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Providing online (NJ&PA) and in-person (PA) therapy to folks, my practice offers a variety of therapeutic services such as EMDR & EFT.
Maybe you have anxiety, experienced trauma, or diagnosed with ADHD and you're looking to heal those parts. Perhaps you’re struggling with your partner, friends, boss, or parents and you’re looking to understand those relationships deeper. It can feel overwhelming and isolating working on healing from negative experiences, I get it. We may oftentimes find ourselves feeling stuck and unsure of where to go to next. I want to help you overcome that. Changing is not necessarily the answer, but rather growing into the version of you that you want to see.
Providing online (NJ&PA) and in-person (PA) therapy to folks, my practice offers a variety of therapeutic services such as EMDR & EFT.
Maybe you have anxiety, experienced trauma, or diagnosed with ADHD and you're looking to heal those parts. Perhaps you’re struggling with your partner, friends, boss, or parents and you’re looking to understand those relationships deeper. It can feel overwhelming and isolating working on healing from negative experiences, I get it. We may oftentimes find ourselves feeling stuck and unsure of where to go to next. I want to help you overcome that. Changing is not necessarily the answer, but rather growing into the version of you that you want to see.
(215) 515-5647 View (215) 515-5647
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Naomi Berner
LSW, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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.
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 View (484) 588-4939
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Kaiyan Griffith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19118  (Online Only)
I utilize therapeutic techniques such as EFT, attachment, CBT, Solutions-Focused, & Narrative.
My ideal clients are from all walks of life. From helping a someone explore their gender identity, guiding polyamorous partners through conflict/understanding, to helping parents with their teenager who struggles with depression. Everyone client I meet is unique, and I'm honored to be apart of their healing journey.
I utilize therapeutic techniques such as EFT, attachment, CBT, Solutions-Focused, & Narrative.
My ideal clients are from all walks of life. From helping a someone explore their gender identity, guiding polyamorous partners through conflict/understanding, to helping parents with their teenager who struggles with depression. Everyone client I meet is unique, and I'm honored to be apart of their healing journey.
(267) 662-1553 x102 View (267) 662-1553 x102
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Peg Pullan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19111  (Online Only)
My therapeutic orientation includes emotionally focused, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based strategies.
Life is challenging. Its' no wonder so many of us end up feeling stuck, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. I've been in private practice for over 12 years and have worked successfully with individuals from all walks of life. Whether new to therapy, or returning for a tune-up, my goal is to help you feel comfortable and understood.
My therapeutic orientation includes emotionally focused, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based strategies.
Life is challenging. Its' no wonder so many of us end up feeling stuck, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. I've been in private practice for over 12 years and have worked successfully with individuals from all walks of life. Whether new to therapy, or returning for a tune-up, my goal is to help you feel comfortable and understood.
(215) 839-3126 View (215) 839-3126
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Jeffrey Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (Online Only)
I work through a multimodality system including Emotionally Focused therapy, Gottman, CBT, EMDR, Systemic and structural theories.
With over 20 years of mental health experience and 14 years practicing therapy, I have learned to specialize in relationship/couples therapy and work as well as individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and other life and circumstantial issues. If you are looking to repair, strengthen, regain connection, improve intimacy, or generally work on your relationships or your mental health I can help you find that path. My experience has also led me to work with trauma in a systemic and experiential way and utilize EMDR, mindfulness and trauma informed interventions.
I work through a multimodality system including Emotionally Focused therapy, Gottman, CBT, EMDR, Systemic and structural theories.
With over 20 years of mental health experience and 14 years practicing therapy, I have learned to specialize in relationship/couples therapy and work as well as individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and other life and circumstantial issues. If you are looking to repair, strengthen, regain connection, improve intimacy, or generally work on your relationships or your mental health I can help you find that path. My experience has also led me to work with trauma in a systemic and experiential way and utilize EMDR, mindfulness and trauma informed interventions.
(267) 214-4821 View (267) 214-4821
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Courtney Sonntag
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
I use Emotionally Focused Therapy and other systems techniques to help build up those attachments to your self and others, allowing for deeper connections in your world.
Hi there! Let's sit and chat... Are you looking for a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings? Many people see therapy as a one-sided conversation, with little opportunity for interaction or getting to experience one another as real people. I can assure you our sessions will be as real as it gets! I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for. We'll work on building trust and a sense of safety, using open communication and humor to figure out how we can improve on your already existing coping skills, supports, and knowledge, so you can live the life you've been wanting.
I use Emotionally Focused Therapy and other systems techniques to help build up those attachments to your self and others, allowing for deeper connections in your world.
Hi there! Let's sit and chat... Are you looking for a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings? Many people see therapy as a one-sided conversation, with little opportunity for interaction or getting to experience one another as real people. I can assure you our sessions will be as real as it gets! I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for. We'll work on building trust and a sense of safety, using open communication and humor to figure out how we can improve on your already existing coping skills, supports, and knowledge, so you can live the life you've been wanting.
(804) 552-3862 View (804) 552-3862
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Compass Counseling and Psychotherapy, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ACS, NCC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102  (Online Only)
Our clinicians have training in Emotionally Focused therapy CBT, DBT and TF-CBT.
"Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving , we get stronger and more resilient" Steve Maraboli. If you are reading this, you have already taken the hardest step toward feeling better- reaching out for help. At Compass we understand that it is important for you to feel understood, heard and supported. When we all are working as a team, those things will be automatic. Our approach is direct yet very compassionate. Our goal is for us together to identify the cause of your issues, to develop what is needed and how it can be achieved. We would like to get you unstuck and on the path to happiness.
Our clinicians have training in Emotionally Focused therapy CBT, DBT and TF-CBT.
"Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving , we get stronger and more resilient" Steve Maraboli. If you are reading this, you have already taken the hardest step toward feeling better- reaching out for help. At Compass we understand that it is important for you to feel understood, heard and supported. When we all are working as a team, those things will be automatic. Our approach is direct yet very compassionate. Our goal is for us together to identify the cause of your issues, to develop what is needed and how it can be achieved. We would like to get you unstuck and on the path to happiness.
(202) 998-5586 View (202) 998-5586
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Tina Xia
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19104  (Online Only)
I have been using EFT, IFS and systemic theory to guild clients build understanding of themselves and others, cultivate self-compassion.
Are you feeling stuck in your relationships with your partner, family, and colleagues? Are you feeling powerless sometimes? Do you feel like you're never good enough in your relationships, your family, your job? Do you feel lonely even though you are in a relationship? You are not alone. As human being, we all share foundation needs: to connect to people, to feel loved and valued, and be able to love ourselves and others. Sometimes we just get lost in survival patterns developed by trauma and daily stress.
I have been using EFT, IFS and systemic theory to guild clients build understanding of themselves and others, cultivate self-compassion.
Are you feeling stuck in your relationships with your partner, family, and colleagues? Are you feeling powerless sometimes? Do you feel like you're never good enough in your relationships, your family, your job? Do you feel lonely even though you are in a relationship? You are not alone. As human being, we all share foundation needs: to connect to people, to feel loved and valued, and be able to love ourselves and others. Sometimes we just get lost in survival patterns developed by trauma and daily stress.
(267) 394-9705 View (267) 394-9705
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Michael E Keesler
Psychologist, PhD, JD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19128  (Online Only)
Teletherapy openings available for individuals and couples ... I believe most people are doing their best, with the tools they have, for themselves and those they care about. Making changes may mean adapting old tools, acquiring new ones, or a combination of the two. In my practice we do that with a mixture of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and - especially for couples - Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Teletherapy openings available for individuals and couples ... I believe most people are doing their best, with the tools they have, for themselves and those they care about. Making changes may mean adapting old tools, acquiring new ones, or a combination of the two. In my practice we do that with a mixture of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and - especially for couples - Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
(215) 437-0632 View (215) 437-0632
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Beatrice Desir
DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19134  (Online Only)
Desir's practice focuses on medication management, supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Desir is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate training at The University of Scranton followed by medical school at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Desir has been in practice for 4 years and has provided patients with compassionate psychiatric care. She is experienced in treating various psychiatric illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD.
Desir's practice focuses on medication management, supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Desir is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate training at The University of Scranton followed by medical school at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Desir has been in practice for 4 years and has provided patients with compassionate psychiatric care. She is experienced in treating various psychiatric illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD.
(267) 361-2038 View (267) 361-2038
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Brian J Lundberg
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA MFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102  (Online Only)
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.
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 View (267) 930-2078
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Natasha Metzger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
We'll do this work from a holistic lens that integrates cognitive, emotion-focused, somatic, and behavioral theories (CBT, EFT, Narrative, IFS, ACT, Attachment, and more).
Do you have trouble knowing what you want or asking for it? Do your feelings seem overwhelming at times? Do you find yourself giving in to avoid conflict or banging your emotional head against a wall? Do you find that your behavior and values sometimes don't align? Are you frustrated or 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 feel stuck and lethargic or that your thoughts spiral out of your control? Do you want to develop insight and create change in your own life? If so, let's talk!
We'll do this work from a holistic lens that integrates cognitive, emotion-focused, somatic, and behavioral theories (CBT, EFT, Narrative, IFS, ACT, Attachment, and more).
Do you have trouble knowing what you want or asking for it? Do your feelings seem overwhelming at times? Do you find yourself giving in to avoid conflict or banging your emotional head against a wall? Do you find that your behavior and values sometimes don't align? Are you frustrated or 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 feel stuck and lethargic or that your thoughts spiral out of your control? Do you want to develop insight and create change in your own life? If so, let's talk!
(856) 644-1359 View (856) 644-1359

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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.