Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

What is EFT?

EFT is an acronym for Emotionally Focused Therapy.  EFT was developed in the 1980’s by psychologist Sue Johnson to help couples heal and have improved relationships.  EFT uses attachment science and a humanistic approach.  Over the past 30 years, EFT has been rigorously researched with the highest quality of outcome studies. Couples included in the studies showed a 70% to 75% recovery rate from marital distress at the completion of therapy, and a 90% rate of significant improvement. This compares with a 35% recovery rate for couples receiving therapy focusing on behavior change alone.

EFT focuses on the negative cycles that one develops based on unmet attachment needs.  It helps move couples and families from fighting and withdrawing into connection.  EFT helps uncover patterns that lead to fighting and defensiveness, while learning new ways of relating and communicating.


  • Relationship issues
  • Repair family issues and wounds

For more information about EFT, visit iceeft.com.