What is Emotionally Focused Therapy? And How Does it Improve Relationships?
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term strategic therapy approach working with couples. It is a researched bases showing long term change in working with couples. The therapy approach focuses on creating a secure relationship by helping couples learn how to stop old communication patterns, decreasing their reactivity (either quickly snapping or shutting down), and creating an emotionally safe relationship.
“To change the dance, both people have to change their steps.” – Susan Johnson
EFT helps couples to be more emotionally responsive, available, and accessible to one another through communicating and less reactivity. Emotionally Focused Therapy also focuses on repairing the relationship and healing old wounds.
As a therapist, I help my couples become the expert in their relationship….but in a new way. The old communication patterns can get couples stuck…and often doesn’t work as effectively. In EFT, the couple will learn how to identify and recognize the old patterns, stop the cycle, and jump into the new communication styles. I help them find new ways to express how they feel and learn how to comfort one another when facing a difficult issue.
I will help you really understand your needs in the relationship and help you both respond to each others needs. Emotionally Focused Therapy San Diego will help you learn about the moments when you hurt each other in your dance and how you can keep your emotional balance in those moments. In the counseling, I can then show you how to come close and express your softer feelings and needs in a way that helps your partner respond to you – so you can build a secure lasting bond.
Emotionally Focused Therapy San Diego works with couples and individuals.
I am currently serving San Diego areas that include: Mission Valley, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Coronado, La Mesa, Mira Mar, La Jolla, Hillcrest, and downtown San Diego.
Make an appointment with me today and we will get you back on the road to a healthy relationship!
About Jennine Estes, MFT
Think of me as your relationship consultant, I'm your neutral third party that can help you untangle the emotions and help you figure out what's really going on. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. Supervisor. I write relationship and self growth advice for my column Relationships in the Raw. Creator of #BeingLOVEDIs campaign. MFC#47653