What is Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)? Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach that focuses on understanding and managing emotions in intimate relationships. EFT was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Les Greenberg as a way to help couples improve their emotional bonds and resolve conflicts. The theory behind EFT is based on attachment theory, which posits that humans have an innate need for emotional connection and bonding with others. EFT aims to help couples create and strengthen these emotional bonds by identifying and addressing negative patterns of interaction that can cause disconnection and distress. In EFT, the therapist works with the couple to identify and explore the underlying emotions and needs that are driving their behavior and communication patterns. The therapist then helps the couple to reframe their interactions in a more positive and constructive way, leading to increased emotional connection and improved relationship satisfaction. EFT is a short-term, structured therapy approach typically consisting of 8-20 sessions. It has been shown to be effective in treating a range of relationship issues, including communication difficulties, infidelity, and intimacy problems. EFT can be used with individuals as well as couples, and has also been adapted for use with families and groups.
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