What is Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)?
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a powerful, evidence-based treatment for supporting distressed couples. When couple’s enter into distance or separation, it can be interpreted as danger, triggering the fear response (amygdala) in the brain. This triggers the fight or flight response, causing individuals to enter into ways they responded to stress or disconnection in childhood. This leads couples into repeating and unhealthy ways of responding in relationship. This powerful therapy shifts couples from distress and unhealthy patterns, into recovery and a sense of safety.
EFT empowers couples to create a language of safety and connection and recognizes the key moments in relationship where this language can be implemented. This significantly reduces arguments, increases empathy and emotional connection between the partners. Within this structure, partners become a team and, over time, the relationship becomes a safe haven.