Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) in Chicago

Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) was primarily founded by psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson, with the help of Dr. Leslie Greenberg. This approach focuses on learning skills for better emotional functioning between partners and building stronger relational bonds. EFT has attachment-based principles and also processes unhelpful relationship patterns (including negative interactions) from the perspective of the individuals and the relationship dynamic as a whole. Sara has many years of experience with utilizing this mode of therapy for couples and relationships! Reach out today to get started!

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Relationship Distress

Often times couples and relationships experience distress due to the individual feelings of physical or emotional abandonment. Emotionally focused couples therapy helps relationships and couples to better understand their emotions and attachment needs while learning how to better express them. This style of therapy also uses the concept of managing conflict or managing “relationship distress” by learning healthy communication skills. Respectful and healthy communication is vital to the success of any long-term relationship!

This approach also utilizes attachment concepts, which help clients to better understand their unmet needs in the relationship during therapy sessions. Building connection and trust are essential frameworks for a healthy attachment, which is evident in successful long-term unions.

Read more about Dr. Sue Johnson and her approach of Emotionally-Focused Therapy by visiting her website below:

Home | Dr. Sue Johnson

Suggested readings by Dr. Sue Johnson:

Johnson S. M. (2008). Hold me tight: seven conversations for a lifetime of love (First). Little Brown and Company.

Johnson, S. M. (2013). Love sense: the revolutionary new science of romantic relationships. First edition. New York, Little, Brown and Company.

Let’s discuss the psychology of your relationship! Contact Sara today to get started with eclectic approaches including couples therapy EFT.

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