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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples is one of the most successful forms of couples therapy available. It is used with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centres and hospital clinics, and with many different cultural groups throughout the world. Based in attachment theory, the bond between partners provides safety, security, and is a buffer against stress.


EFT for couples reduces conflict while creating a stronger emotional bond, where couples learn to be emotionally available and engaged with one another. New positive interactions replace old, negative patterns, and as the positive cycle becomes reinforced it creates permanent change.

Here are two key websites:

What is EFT?


Suggested readings:

Johnson, S.M. (2013). Love sense: The revolutionary new science of romantic relationships. New York, NY: Little Brown.

Johnson, S.M. (2008). Hold me tight: Seven conversations for a lifetime of love. New York, NY: Little Brown.

Kallos-Lilly, V., & Fitzgerald, J. (2015). An emotionally focused workbook for couples: The two of us. New York, NY: Routledge.

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