Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a form of couples therapy that aims to help partners identify and express their emotions in order to strengthen their emotional bonds.
Developed in the 1980s by Dr. Sue Johnson, EFT is based on the idea that human beings have an innate need for emotional attachment and connection, and that emotional distress arises when these needs are not met.
During EFT sessions, couples work with a trained therapist to identify patterns of negative communication and emotional disconnection, and to explore underlying emotional needs and vulnerabilities. The therapist helps couples to develop new patterns of communication that promote emotional safety and understanding, and to build a more secure attachment bond.
Research has shown that EFT can be an effective treatment for couples struggling with a range of issues, including communication problems, infidelity, and attachment insecurity. Studies have also demonstrated that EFT can lead to long-lasting improvements in relationship satisfaction, emotional intimacy, and overall well-being.
One of the main benefits of EFT is that it provides a safe and supportive space for couples to explore their emotions and vulnerabilities.
Through guided conversations and exercises, couples learn to identify and express their emotions in a way that is validating and non-judgmental. This helps to create a sense of emotional safety and trust in the relationship, which is essential for building a strong and secure attachment bond.
Another benefit of EFT is that it can help couples break free from negative patterns of communication and behaviour. Many couples get stuck in a cycle of criticism, defensiveness, and withdrawal that can be difficult to break on their own. EFT helps couples to identify these patterns and to develop new ways of communicating that promote understanding and connection.
In addition to improving communication and emotional connection, EFT can also have a positive impact on individual mental health.
When partners feel emotionally safe and supported in their relationship, they are more likely to experience lower levels of anxiety and depression.
Overall, EFT can be a powerful tool for couples looking to strengthen their emotional bonds and improve their relationship satisfaction. By helping partners to identify and express their emotions, and to develop new patterns of communication that promote understanding and connection, EFT can create a more secure and fulfilling attachment bond.
Are you and your partner struggling to communicate effectively, feeling disconnected, or constantly arguing? If so, couples therapy can help you work through these challenges and strengthen your relationship. Through couples therapy we provide a safe, non-judgmental space for couples to explore their feelings and concerns, learn effective communication skills, and develop strategies to improve their relationship. Here you can build a stronger, more loving partnership and achieve greater intimacy and connection with your partner. Don't wait to take the first step towards a happier, healthier relationship.