Emotionally Focused Therapy for Families


What is Emotionally Focused Family Therapy?


Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) seeks to create a feeling of trust, mutual respect, and strong communication within families. When all family members feel emotionally secure in family discussions, together they are able to discuss issues and disclose feelings. With each member feeling heard and validated, the family can work together to find solutions to problems and build individual relationships between all members. Families will emerge from EEFT sessions armed with the communication techniques necessary to maintain healthy interactions and develop positive relationships outside the family in the future.

Our therapists are uniquely prepared to help families strengthen their relationships. In addition to the rigorous academic practice accomplished and clinical training completed, each of our therapists has been trained in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, an approach to family therapy that explores bonding and attachment in the family setting. On top of state licensure requirements, therapists at The EFT Clinic have either completed or are in the process of completing advanced trainings and scrupulous supervision hours in order to achieve international recognition as Certified Emotionally Focused Therapists.

How Emotionally Focused Therapy Helps Families

The goal of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy is to create feelings of safety, respect and understanding between family members. Families who attend therapy together learn the skills necessary to form a secure, validating environment where parents and children can comfortably communicate with one another in order to solve the problems that come up regularly in the family relationship.

Oftentimes families seeking therapy are suffering from high conflict or hostile engagements between family members. Parents and children may both feel like they don’t receive the respect necessary to maintain a healthy relationship, or perhaps a relationship between two or more members simply does not exist. Emotionally Focused Therapists create an environment of safety and acceptance where each member can be heard, understood, and validated. As individual concerns are brought up the therapist will suggest methods that will allow the family to better understand one another and uncover any underlying emotions that feed negative patterns. Over time families will learn to communicate more openly with each member expressing their needs in a healthy way.

As families progress through Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, relationships between members will improve or begin to from. The family will create a stronger bond while processing issues together and the deep wounds that have been festering within the family can finally begin to heal. The therapist will continue to moderate until together the family determines that they are comfortable and confident with their new skills and decide to discontinue sessions with their therapist.

Is Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Right for Your Family?

Consider the interactions between members of your family. Are relationships within your family unit hostile or nonexistent? Are there recurring issues in your home that seem impossible to solve? Does your family need help learning how to communicate with one another? Whether these questions describe your current situation or you are simply looking for a way to create a deeper and more fulfilling connection within your family, our Emotionally Focused Family Therapists are here to help you reach your relationship goals. Call or email The EFT Clinic to schedule an appointment and get your family relationships on track.