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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Counseling in Charleston, South Carolina.

In my time as a therapist, I have never been so profoundly moved as when I see EFT in action.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a modality of therapy that has been changing the landscape of couples therapy for decades and now is being used with individuals and families.

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Emotionally Focused Therapy

EFT is an evidence-based approach to therapy primarily focused on relationships, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. It operates on the belief that emotions are key to understanding and transforming relationships. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Attachment Theory Basis: EFT is deeply rooted in attachment theory, which suggests that humans are innately driven to seek closeness and connection with significant others. It explores how attachment patterns influence relationships and emotional interactions.
  • Emotional Awareness: EFT emphasizes the identification, understanding, and regulation of emotions. It encourages individuals to recognize their own emotions and the emotions of their partners, fostering empathy and deeper connection.
  • Patterns and Cycles: EFT focuses on recognizing negative cycles within relationships. These cycles often involve patterns of interaction that lead to disconnection or conflict. By identifying these patterns, EFT helps couples or individuals understand their dynamics and how to break free from destructive cycles.
  • Creating Secure Bonds: The goal of EFT is to create a secure emotional bond between partners. Therapists help couples or individuals to express their needs, fears, and desires in a way that promotes understanding, acceptance, and a sense of emotional safety.
  • Restructuring Interaction: EFT involves restructuring the way partners interact. This includes promoting healthier communication styles, fostering empathy, and encouraging responsiveness to each other’s needs.
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EFT provides a structured and empathetic approach to addressing relationship issues, centering on emotional experiences and the way they shape our connections. It aims to create lasting change by fostering secure, trusting, and loving relationships.

This model of therapy is experiential and attachment-based. Experiential therapies are based on the idea that we don’t change from information or knowledge, we change through experiences. Meaning, we can’t just know something—we have to feel it, we have to do it. 

We are proud to offer EFT to the couples of Charleston, SC. Please reach out here to get started!

We take an integrative and holistic psychotherapy approach, seeing you as a whole person: mind, body, and soul. Kinship means connection and through it we find belonging that is essential for living wholeheartedly.

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