Science with Sue

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the 1980’s and has developed alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding to expand our understanding about what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists. In the last fifteen years, Dr. Sue Johnson and her colleagues have further developed and refined the model and completed numerous studies. EFT is also used with families and individuals. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. For more information on EFT research, please click here. The major contraindication for EFT is on-going abuse in the relationship. EFT is being used with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers, community mental health centers, and hospital clinics and many different cultural groups throughout the world. These distressed couples include partners suffering from disorders such as depression, post traumatic stress disorders and chronic illness. Watch Sue Johnson describe EFT here.

Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of couple distress and adult love.

  • EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients combining experiential techniques with structural systemic interventions.

  • Change strategies and interventions are specified.

  • Key moves and moments in the change process have been mapped into nine steps and three change events.

  • EFT has been validated by over 20 years of empirical research. There is also research on the change processes and predictors of success.

  • EFT has been applied to many different kinds of problems and populations.

  • In EFT we create a shift in partners’ interactional positions and initiate new and positive cycles of interaction.

  • Our goal is to foster the creation of a secure bond between partners.

Being lonely is not the same as being alone

Do you and your partner struggle to communicate? 

Do you wonder "is this all there is?"

Do you feel like you have the same fight over and over again and that nothing is ever resolved?

Do you feel lonely and isolated in your marriage?

Do you feel like you and your spouse don't know each other anymore?

You're not alone. Many couples experience disconnection at some point in their relationship.  With expert relationship counseling, I can help you to build the bonds and create safety and connection between you and your loved one again.


you are not alone

In your heart, you know that loving someone and being loved is what we all want. Life can present us with a lot of challenges. At the end of the day, you want to go home to the person who will make you feel safe, secure, and loved and they expect the same from you! I can help, working with the relationships that matter most in your life is something I have been doing for 30 years. I specialize in helping couples find the root of what is plaguing their disconnection and work with you to build more secure and caring bonds that last a lifetime. Schedule an appointment now, your relationship matters, you matter!