Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT is a therapy frequently used in couples counseling. While in the midst of intense disagreements or arguments, partners in a relationship can get lost in logic, unfortunately turning a blind eye to important emotions that would reveal key elements of the root causes of the disagreement. 

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) Therapy in Metairie, LA

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Key to any meaningful, trusting relationship is emotional connection. Often when a couple is arguing, they are really protesting a break in that connection. 

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) in Metairie, LA

More About Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally-Focused Therapy puts emotions front and center. There is some overlap with attachment-based theory in that established patterns of emotional bonding are explored in an effort to understand the deeper mechanisms at work in intense arguments. EFT seeks to use emotions such as anger, fear, and grief to pinpoint what may likely be a protest against feared or actual emotional and/or physical abandonment.

With EFT, couples will be taught how to better manage and deescalate emotional reactivity, communicate clearly about their respective experiences, ask for what they need, and learn to provide for their partner’s emotional needs.

We offer compassionate care, meeting each client exactly where he/she is, while simultaneously providing direct feedback and encouraging results-focused, action-oriented, meaningful change to leave clients feeling empowered, confident, and more certain in their day-to-day life experiences and relationships. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions and answers we receive regarding Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT). If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us by calling (504) 315‑2420.

Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the emotions and emotional bonds within relationships. It aims to help individuals and couples understand and express their emotions in a healthy way, and to develop stronger, more secure emotional connections with others.

Emotional Focused Therapy works by helping individuals and couples explore and understand their underlying emotions and attachment patterns. The therapist creates a safe and supportive environment where clients can express their emotions and share their experiences. Through this process, individuals and couples can identify and address negative patterns of interaction, develop greater emotional awareness, and build stronger and more satisfying relationships.

Emotional Focused Therapy has been found to have several benefits, including:

  • Improved emotional awareness and regulation: EFT helps individuals and couples become more aware of their emotions, understand their triggers, and learn how to manage and regulate their emotions effectively.

  • Enhanced relationship satisfaction: EFT focuses on strengthening emotional bonds and improving communication within relationships. It can lead to increased relationship satisfaction, better conflict resolution skills, and a deeper sense of connection with others.

  • Resolution of attachment-related issues: EFT addresses attachment patterns and helps individuals and couples heal attachment wounds. It can be particularly helpful for individuals struggling with issues such as trust, fear of abandonment, or difficulty forming secure relationships.

  • Long-lasting results: EFT is considered a time-limited therapy, and research has shown that its effects can be long-lasting. The skills and insights gained through EFT can continue to benefit individuals and couples even after therapy has ended.

While Emotional Focused Therapy has been found to be effective for a wide range of individuals and couples, it may not be the best approach for everyone. EFT is particularly beneficial for individuals and couples who struggle with emotional expression, attachment-related issues, and relationship conflicts. However, it is important to consult with a qualified therapist to determine if EFT is the right fit for your specific needs and circumstances. Therapists may consider factors such as the nature of the presenting concerns, individual preferences, and readiness for emotional exploration when determining the suitability of EFT.

Human emotions are directly related to human needs. A better understanding of emotions leads not only to getting better at identifying and meeting your own needs, but also to understanding and providing for your partner’s needs, which can lead to a much more fulfilling relationship.