Emotionally Focused Therapists in Dallas, TX

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Photo of Shannon Carl, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
Shannon Carl
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75214
Waitlist for new clients
I work with adults (21+) whose presenting concerns are most often related to anxiety, depression, grief, spirituality, "religious deconstruction," "purity culture," "religious reconstruction," sexuality, and relationships. My guiding therapeutic modalities are attachment-focused and trauma-informed (advanced training in Somatic Experiencing). I am also trained in ACT, Emotionally Focused Therapy (and EFIT), and the Gottman Method for couples. My practice is open to people of every religious tradition and people with no religious affiliation. I welcome married and unmarried couples into couple therapy.
I work with adults (21+) whose presenting concerns are most often related to anxiety, depression, grief, spirituality, "religious deconstruction," "purity culture," "religious reconstruction," sexuality, and relationships. My guiding therapeutic modalities are attachment-focused and trauma-informed (advanced training in Somatic Experiencing). I am also trained in ACT, Emotionally Focused Therapy (and EFIT), and the Gottman Method for couples. My practice is open to people of every religious tradition and people with no religious affiliation. I welcome married and unmarried couples into couple therapy.
(254) 328-1116 View (254) 328-1116
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Sharla Austin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75251
Relationships are complicated and often bring emotional pain, loneliness, anxiety, and discouragement. Committing to someone requires courage and strength. I work with couples, families, and individuals applying the principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which is a research-based treatment for clients seeking emotional connection and fulfillment in relationships. EFT helps clients understand the interactional patterns that cause emotional disconnection. I would love to offer you these tools, deeper understanding, and helpful insight as you seek to repair your most important relationships.
Relationships are complicated and often bring emotional pain, loneliness, anxiety, and discouragement. Committing to someone requires courage and strength. I work with couples, families, and individuals applying the principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which is a research-based treatment for clients seeking emotional connection and fulfillment in relationships. EFT helps clients understand the interactional patterns that cause emotional disconnection. I would love to offer you these tools, deeper understanding, and helpful insight as you seek to repair your most important relationships.
(469) 284-0618 View (469) 284-0618
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Heidi Fixler-Verges
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75225
Incorporating a blend of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, EFT, the Gottman Method, and narrative therapy, I empower clients to identify their treatment goals and move forward in their emotional journey to connection with themselves and others.
Have you been searching for a therapist who truly connects with you or your teen? You’ve tried different things, but the communication, relationships, and interactions in your family are just discouraging and frustrating. You’ve tried therapy before, and even considered more intensive treatment options for yourself or your child. You don’t know what else to do. You are not alone. It is possible to establish changes intra-personally and within relationships. Family harmony can be a reality.
Incorporating a blend of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, EFT, the Gottman Method, and narrative therapy, I empower clients to identify their treatment goals and move forward in their emotional journey to connection with themselves and others.
Have you been searching for a therapist who truly connects with you or your teen? You’ve tried different things, but the communication, relationships, and interactions in your family are just discouraging and frustrating. You’ve tried therapy before, and even considered more intensive treatment options for yourself or your child. You don’t know what else to do. You are not alone. It is possible to establish changes intra-personally and within relationships. Family harmony can be a reality.
(469) 551-4244 View (469) 551-4244
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Don Hays PhD, LPC
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75230
I am a licensed counselor and marriage and family therapist with 34 years experience and am equally skilled in dealing with individuals and couples. The problems I deal with most commonly are anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, individual growth, midlife issues, relationship problems, anger management, conflict negotiation skills, divorce adjustment, blended families and parenting issues. I provide Christian counseling if requested. When working with couples I use John Gottman's research based model for marriage counseling coupled with key concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
I am a licensed counselor and marriage and family therapist with 34 years experience and am equally skilled in dealing with individuals and couples. The problems I deal with most commonly are anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, individual growth, midlife issues, relationship problems, anger management, conflict negotiation skills, divorce adjustment, blended families and parenting issues. I provide Christian counseling if requested. When working with couples I use John Gottman's research based model for marriage counseling coupled with key concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
(469) 253-7227 View (469) 253-7227
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Charissa Fry Lopez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, RPT, MABC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75214
Charissa specializes in attachment and trauma. She works with families and individual clients across the lifespan- ranging from 3-99+. She uses relational psychodynamic theory, play therapy, EMDR, EFFT (Emotionally Focused Family Therapy), Theraplay, experiential therapies, and talk therapy. Charissa focuses on healing relationships in any life stage. Her passion is to come alongside those who are hurting and struggling to help them find truth, hope, healing, connection, and growth. She is also a Child Specialist for Collaborative Divorce cases. She is also trained in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and loves supervising.
Charissa specializes in attachment and trauma. She works with families and individual clients across the lifespan- ranging from 3-99+. She uses relational psychodynamic theory, play therapy, EMDR, EFFT (Emotionally Focused Family Therapy), Theraplay, experiential therapies, and talk therapy. Charissa focuses on healing relationships in any life stage. Her passion is to come alongside those who are hurting and struggling to help them find truth, hope, healing, connection, and growth. She is also a Child Specialist for Collaborative Divorce cases. She is also trained in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and loves supervising.
(214) 238-9344 View (214) 238-9344
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Regina DeBilio
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, LPC-A, CPTT-C, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
Regina is passionate about working with couples experiencing betrayal trauma and addiction to restore or create a secure attachment. She has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an attachment based modality that tracks the negative interaction cycle and patterns that cause distress and result in insecure attachment and disconnection. She gently guides the couple to explore themselves and their partner, learn to emotionally regulate, and cope with negative feelings in more healthy ways. Additionally, she is EMDR trained and can provide researched-based techniques for clients experiencing trauma and symptoms of PTSD.
Regina is passionate about working with couples experiencing betrayal trauma and addiction to restore or create a secure attachment. She has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an attachment based modality that tracks the negative interaction cycle and patterns that cause distress and result in insecure attachment and disconnection. She gently guides the couple to explore themselves and their partner, learn to emotionally regulate, and cope with negative feelings in more healthy ways. Additionally, she is EMDR trained and can provide researched-based techniques for clients experiencing trauma and symptoms of PTSD.
(972) 787-1603 View (972) 787-1603
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Priscilla Carlsgaard
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75229
Each person and relationship is unique so I use aspects of a few modalities in my work (Narrative, EFT, and SFBT).
Starting therapy can feel daunting. Will my therapist understand me? How can I trust this stranger with my most vulnerable thoughts and feelings? Will this really help my anxiety/relationship/emotions/etc.? Is it worth it? First, you are not alone in these thoughts. Deciding to seek therapy and finding a therapist are big steps towards change that can be challenging. Second, I am here to walk alongside you through this process at your own pace. I believe that every thought and behavior makes sense in context. Therefore, I collaborate with you to explore and understand your personal context so we can successfully facilitate change.
Each person and relationship is unique so I use aspects of a few modalities in my work (Narrative, EFT, and SFBT).
Starting therapy can feel daunting. Will my therapist understand me? How can I trust this stranger with my most vulnerable thoughts and feelings? Will this really help my anxiety/relationship/emotions/etc.? Is it worth it? First, you are not alone in these thoughts. Deciding to seek therapy and finding a therapist are big steps towards change that can be challenging. Second, I am here to walk alongside you through this process at your own pace. I believe that every thought and behavior makes sense in context. Therefore, I collaborate with you to explore and understand your personal context so we can successfully facilitate change.
(469) 966-2671 View (469) 966-2671
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Katie McBrayer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219
I incorporate Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman methods into our work to explore emotions and communication skills to enhance your life experience and relational connections.
I enjoy helping individuals, couples and families find their way to healing and connection. We spend at least 12 years preparing for a career, but we don't learn how to do marriage or repair conflict. Together, we will work to consider the influences that form your attachment style, behavioral patterns, and beliefs about yourself and your surroundings. It is common to continue those familiar patterns into adulthood, which can create challenging dynamics in life and in relationships. Learning these skills early in your relationship can improve the quality of your connection for a lifetime.
I incorporate Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman methods into our work to explore emotions and communication skills to enhance your life experience and relational connections.
I enjoy helping individuals, couples and families find their way to healing and connection. We spend at least 12 years preparing for a career, but we don't learn how to do marriage or repair conflict. Together, we will work to consider the influences that form your attachment style, behavioral patterns, and beliefs about yourself and your surroundings. It is common to continue those familiar patterns into adulthood, which can create challenging dynamics in life and in relationships. Learning these skills early in your relationship can improve the quality of your connection for a lifetime.
(214) 380-3515 View (214) 380-3515
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Holley Craft
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75206
I am a collaborative, trauma-informed therapist who has been trained in EMDR and EFT.
My goal as a therapist is to meet you where you are at. All emotions, thoughts and experiences are welcomed in this space. I want to help you realize that you are not alone in your experiences and that you have the capacity to revisit and process those experiences in a safe way. Throughout treatment, my hope is that you are able to find confidence and deeper connections within yourself and your relationships.
I am a collaborative, trauma-informed therapist who has been trained in EMDR and EFT.
My goal as a therapist is to meet you where you are at. All emotions, thoughts and experiences are welcomed in this space. I want to help you realize that you are not alone in your experiences and that you have the capacity to revisit and process those experiences in a safe way. Throughout treatment, my hope is that you are able to find confidence and deeper connections within yourself and your relationships.
(214) 466-2646 View (214) 466-2646
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The Counseling Spot
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75231
Along with standard talk therapy, we offer Sandtray therapy, EMDR, play therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
Are you having trouble finding joy and happiness? Does anxiety get the best of you sometimes? Do you just want your life to be easier or more enjoyable? We're here to help. Our therapists work with adults, children and adolescents, couples and families. Whether you want to repair damaged relationships, prepare children and teens for the future, or overcome the effects of trauma we have a counselor who is ready to work with you. You deserve satisfaction, peace and joy in life. It's possible! Let us help.
Along with standard talk therapy, we offer Sandtray therapy, EMDR, play therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
Are you having trouble finding joy and happiness? Does anxiety get the best of you sometimes? Do you just want your life to be easier or more enjoyable? We're here to help. Our therapists work with adults, children and adolescents, couples and families. Whether you want to repair damaged relationships, prepare children and teens for the future, or overcome the effects of trauma we have a counselor who is ready to work with you. You deserve satisfaction, peace and joy in life. It's possible! Let us help.
(469) 947-7865 View (469) 947-7865
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Renee Breazeale
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCDC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75231
I am a Contextual Therapist by training and have extensive training in Family Systems, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
My name is Renee Breazeale and I applaud your insight that has led you to seek support through a therapist. If you are looking for a collaborative therapist who believes each of us holds our own answers, then I would be honored to meet you! Let’s be transparent here – I am NOT a wizard, therapy is NOT a “one session & you are fixed” process, & you ARE in charge of your life! Will it be easy? Probably not... Will it be quick? Probably not... Will you figure some things out? You bet! I will be your ally, advocate, cheerleader, support, and objective voice. I will use my skills to help you find what you are seeking.
I am a Contextual Therapist by training and have extensive training in Family Systems, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
My name is Renee Breazeale and I applaud your insight that has led you to seek support through a therapist. If you are looking for a collaborative therapist who believes each of us holds our own answers, then I would be honored to meet you! Let’s be transparent here – I am NOT a wizard, therapy is NOT a “one session & you are fixed” process, & you ARE in charge of your life! Will it be easy? Probably not... Will it be quick? Probably not... Will you figure some things out? You bet! I will be your ally, advocate, cheerleader, support, and objective voice. I will use my skills to help you find what you are seeking.
(469) 746-3174 View (469) 746-3174
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Josh Kirby
Psychologist, PhD, MBA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75206
I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a dynamic, research-based model of therapy that repairs damaged connections between people and those they love the most.
A connected, healthy, and successful marriage is possible. If your relationship has been knocked off balance or off course, I can help. Feeling desired, loved, and secure may have been a reality for you in the past and you aren't sure how to find it again. Perhaps that type of intimacy has eluded you, despite trying over and over to achieve it. But, it doesn't have to anymore.
I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a dynamic, research-based model of therapy that repairs damaged connections between people and those they love the most.
A connected, healthy, and successful marriage is possible. If your relationship has been knocked off balance or off course, I can help. Feeling desired, loved, and secure may have been a reality for you in the past and you aren't sure how to find it again. Perhaps that type of intimacy has eluded you, despite trying over and over to achieve it. But, it doesn't have to anymore.
(972) 860-1736 View (972) 860-1736
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Lindsey Hernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75243
I'm trained in evidence-based approaches to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
My clients would describe me as easy to talk to, a great listener, honest, and informed. I find great value in creating a foundation of trust and comfortability so my clients can work to meet their therapeutic goals. Counseling is most effective when the client feels accepted and believes the therapist genuinely cares about the topics discussed during session. It is a privilege to be a part of one's journey to improve, change, or maintain aspects in their life. I truly care about each of my client's health and well-being.
I'm trained in evidence-based approaches to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
My clients would describe me as easy to talk to, a great listener, honest, and informed. I find great value in creating a foundation of trust and comfortability so my clients can work to meet their therapeutic goals. Counseling is most effective when the client feels accepted and believes the therapist genuinely cares about the topics discussed during session. It is a privilege to be a part of one's journey to improve, change, or maintain aspects in their life. I truly care about each of my client's health and well-being.
(415) 488-8479 View (415) 488-8479
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Wanda Hudson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
I help people turn their scars into beauty marks with the use of EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Parts & Inner Child Work, Mindfulness practices & other Attachment-Based Modalities.
You know that saying “Never judge a book by its cover”? Well, I can honestly say that the cover of my book does not match the pages! The pages in my book of life have equipped me with the experience to connect with ALL people. In my book, I’ve encountered many conflicts. I’ve been the antagonist and the protagonist and I’m just in the rising action. Because my pages are not all filled with butterflies and sunshine, I’ve had to work to find ways to help equip myself with daily coping skills. I am happy to be in a position to share my experience with others through therapy and educational opportunities.
I help people turn their scars into beauty marks with the use of EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Parts & Inner Child Work, Mindfulness practices & other Attachment-Based Modalities.
You know that saying “Never judge a book by its cover”? Well, I can honestly say that the cover of my book does not match the pages! The pages in my book of life have equipped me with the experience to connect with ALL people. In my book, I’ve encountered many conflicts. I’ve been the antagonist and the protagonist and I’m just in the rising action. Because my pages are not all filled with butterflies and sunshine, I’ve had to work to find ways to help equip myself with daily coping skills. I am happy to be in a position to share my experience with others through therapy and educational opportunities.
(972) 433-7695 View (972) 433-7695
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Ann Dunnewold
Psychologist, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75231
I have training in energy psychology (EP), including Comprehensive EP, TFT, EFT, Healing Touch, and Foundations of Eden Energy Medicine.
I believe we're shaped by biological (heredity, diet, hormones), psychosocial (peers, family, job stress), and psychological influences (thoughts, self-esteem, perfectionism). Addressing the mind-body interaction is critical. I guide and teach, helping clients learn new skills such as meditation and meridian tapping to handle life stresses. Clients who best fit my style wish to let go of negative patterns of self-doubt, guilt, worry, and feeling "never good enough." My therapy focus is here-and-now, focusing on mind-body habits, to develop new behaviors, recondition brain connections, to go beyond mere understanding or insight.
I have training in energy psychology (EP), including Comprehensive EP, TFT, EFT, Healing Touch, and Foundations of Eden Energy Medicine.
I believe we're shaped by biological (heredity, diet, hormones), psychosocial (peers, family, job stress), and psychological influences (thoughts, self-esteem, perfectionism). Addressing the mind-body interaction is critical. I guide and teach, helping clients learn new skills such as meditation and meridian tapping to handle life stresses. Clients who best fit my style wish to let go of negative patterns of self-doubt, guilt, worry, and feeling "never good enough." My therapy focus is here-and-now, focusing on mind-body habits, to develop new behaviors, recondition brain connections, to go beyond mere understanding or insight.
(214) 343-1353 x2 View (214) 343-1353 x2
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Sherry Fancher
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75243
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Trust Based Relational Intervention.
I tailor my treatment approach to the individual, couple or family that I work with. Each person is different and has different needs in the therapeutic setting. By using a variety of evidence-based approaches, I aim to help each person recognize and utilize their strengths to more effectively cope and eventually be content with where they are in life. I am experienced in working with clients across many diverse backgrounds of religion, ethnicities, and diagnoses. I'm also confident in navigating through one's past to help them be comfortable in the present.
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Trust Based Relational Intervention.
I tailor my treatment approach to the individual, couple or family that I work with. Each person is different and has different needs in the therapeutic setting. By using a variety of evidence-based approaches, I aim to help each person recognize and utilize their strengths to more effectively cope and eventually be content with where they are in life. I am experienced in working with clients across many diverse backgrounds of religion, ethnicities, and diagnoses. I'm also confident in navigating through one's past to help them be comfortable in the present.
(214) 427-8844 View (214) 427-8844
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Scott Bean
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219
My toolkit includes Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, CBT, DBT and yoga for deep trauma work.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship issues in this complicated generation of our planet. Primarily, relationship problems involving complex trauma, intimacy concerns, addictive behaviors and codependency. We will carefully untangle any anxiety, self-doubt, obsessive thinking or numbing with internet addictions, work or substances that may no longer be beneficial. Emphasis is placed on integrating new experiences into your life through awareness of where you may be "stuck" in your protective fight-or-flight responses.
My toolkit includes Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, CBT, DBT and yoga for deep trauma work.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship issues in this complicated generation of our planet. Primarily, relationship problems involving complex trauma, intimacy concerns, addictive behaviors and codependency. We will carefully untangle any anxiety, self-doubt, obsessive thinking or numbing with internet addictions, work or substances that may no longer be beneficial. Emphasis is placed on integrating new experiences into your life through awareness of where you may be "stuck" in your protective fight-or-flight responses.
(469) 551-4779 View (469) 551-4779
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Travis Kern
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75231
I have been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
The issues that arise in our lives can often feel like they are too big for us to handle. We can feel confused, beaten down, or overwhelmed. Life circumstances can lead us to a place where we feel alone and hurting. The most important thing to know when we find ourselves in these places is that you are not alone. Challenges such as anxiety, depression, anger, relationship issues, and chronic stress can leave us all feeling lost. But you do not have to stay lost. You can begin your journey towards the life that you want for yourself and you don't have to go on that journey alone.
I have been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
The issues that arise in our lives can often feel like they are too big for us to handle. We can feel confused, beaten down, or overwhelmed. Life circumstances can lead us to a place where we feel alone and hurting. The most important thing to know when we find ourselves in these places is that you are not alone. Challenges such as anxiety, depression, anger, relationship issues, and chronic stress can leave us all feeling lost. But you do not have to stay lost. You can begin your journey towards the life that you want for yourself and you don't have to go on that journey alone.
(214) 935-3963 View (214) 935-3963
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Wendy Wiles Kase
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MSMFT
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75225  (Online Only)
EFT, IFS, Gottman, various trauma-based models, CBT among others.
I enjoy working with individuals, families, and couples to uncover their limiting beliefs, discover inner strengths and create a vision of how to enhance their relationships. Ideally, clients are eager to learn how to speak their truth and are open to making changes in their lives to improve their situations. Using models of John Gottman, Sue Johnson, NLP, IFS, science-based relationship enhancement techniques, I enjoy helping clients who come to sessions willing to identify the root of their struggles, set goals and create a plan to develop skills to navigate life's ever-changing circumstances. Texas license applied for.
EFT, IFS, Gottman, various trauma-based models, CBT among others.
I enjoy working with individuals, families, and couples to uncover their limiting beliefs, discover inner strengths and create a vision of how to enhance their relationships. Ideally, clients are eager to learn how to speak their truth and are open to making changes in their lives to improve their situations. Using models of John Gottman, Sue Johnson, NLP, IFS, science-based relationship enhancement techniques, I enjoy helping clients who come to sessions willing to identify the root of their struggles, set goals and create a plan to develop skills to navigate life's ever-changing circumstances. Texas license applied for.
(972) 737-7936 View (972) 737-7936
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Kayla Zackary
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219
Now accepting new clients! Reaching out for help can be extremely difficult and intimidating, so it is my top priority to provide a warm and safe space for you to come as you are. I am passionate about working with couples and young adults in their 20's and 30's. I especially enjoy getting to use my specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Grief Work, and Anxiety and Depression.
Now accepting new clients! Reaching out for help can be extremely difficult and intimidating, so it is my top priority to provide a warm and safe space for you to come as you are. I am passionate about working with couples and young adults in their 20's and 30's. I especially enjoy getting to use my specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Grief Work, and Anxiety and Depression.
(469) 253-7284 x703 View (469) 253-7284 x703

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.