What is Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples?

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy works. Sue Johnson and her colleagues have done rigorous research and adaptation to the model over the years to make sure of that. In an analysis of studies on EFT, folks who have gone through EFT rated themselves 90% better than those who didn’t, with 70-73% of couples fully recovered from distress during a follow-up study. After therapy ends, EFT seems to continue to work. The results are long-lasting.

EFT, based on decades of Sue Johnson and her colleagues’ research, offers a road map through couples’ disputes, so that they can reach other. A therapist trained in EFT holds that map and gently leads distressed couples through a set of steps and stages until their relationship is strengthened and revitalized. EFT is different than other approaches because it is based on the recognition that emotions are the movers and the shakers of relationships. Teaching behavioral techniques and communication skills can only go so far when emotions are running high, and your blood is boiling. EFT offers another way that goes straight to the heart.

One of the great things for couples about EFT is that it is “focused” – in other words, it is a specific approach that is short-term, keeping a sharp focus on your relationship. For a couple without any history of trauma, EFT has been shown to produce great results in 12-20 sessions, regardless of the level of distress the couple comes in with. If you and/or your partner have a trauma history, the process may take a bit longer than 12-20 sessions.