Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Sara Collins is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a widely recognized and empirically supported approach to couples therapy. Here's how emotionally focused therapy can be helpful for couples:

Understanding Emotions: EFT helps couples identify and understand the underlying emotions that drive their behaviors and interactions. By recognizing and expressing emotions, couples can gain insight into the deeper issues that may be contributing to conflicts.

Enhancing Communication: Communication breakdown is a common challenge in relationships. EFT focuses on improving communication by helping partners express their feelings and needs more effectively. Couples learn to communicate in a way that fosters understanding and connection.

Building and Rebuilding Attachment: EFT is rooted in attachment theory, emphasizing the importance of secure emotional bonds in relationships. The therapy aims to strengthen or rebuild the emotional connection between partners, fostering a sense of security and safety within the relationship.

Breaking Negative Interaction Patterns: Many couples fall into negative interaction patterns, such as criticism, defensiveness, withdrawal, or blame. EFT helps couples recognize these patterns and replace them with healthier, more constructive ways of relating to each other.

Healing Emotional Wounds: Past hurts and unresolved issues can create emotional distance between partners. EFT provides a framework for addressing and healing these wounds, allowing couples to move forward with a greater sense of emotional closeness and connection.

Promoting Empathy and Understanding: EFT encourages partners to empathize with each other's emotions and experiences. As couples develop a deeper understanding of each other's perspectives, they can cultivate a more compassionate and supportive relationship.

Facilitating Emotional Regulation: Emotional regulation is a key component of a healthy relationship. EFT helps individuals and couples develop skills to manage and regulate their emotions, reducing the intensity of conflicts and creating a more stable emotional environment.

Encouraging Relationship Satisfaction: Ultimately, the goal of EFT is to increase overall relationship satisfaction. By addressing the emotional needs of both partners and creating a secure emotional bond, couples can experience greater intimacy, trust, and fulfillment in their relationship.

Emotionally Focused Therapy is a structured and evidence-based approach that focuses on emotions as the foundation of a strong and secure relationship. By addressing emotional dynamics, improving communication, and fostering a deeper connection, EFT helps couples navigate challenges and build a more resilient and satisfying partnership.

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