Emotionally Focused Therapy is one of the most empirically validated types of couples therapy. Outcome results (after 16-20 sessions) show 70–75% of couples move from distress to recovery, and that 90% show significant improvements.
Emotions are connected to our most essential needs as human beings. EFT pays attention to each person’s experience, needs, and longings in a way that is collaborative and respectful. The goal is to create patterns of attentiveness, responsiveness, and engagement that satisfy our needs for belonging and support.
EFT helps make sense of the repetitive painful interactions between people by understanding the difficult or painful emotions that each person is trying to avoid or protect against. This new awareness and perspective can facilitate new ways of interacting that pull for compassion and connection.