Calgary EFT Community

Welcome to the Calgary Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Our Mission is:

To promote the practice of EFT amongst therapists
To provide a support network for learning and practicing EFT
To grow public awareness of EFT
To encourage training and certification in EFT

On this website you will find;

  • Trainings to assist with developing EFT clinical skills
  • Resources for understanding how EFT is effective with individuals, couples and families
  • Information about EFT
  • Opportunities for Peer Consultation & Supervision

What is EFT?

EFT is a short term approach to couple therapy developed in the early 80’s by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. Based in Attachment Theory, this approach recognizes the primacy of emotion in organizing both inner experience and key interactional patterns in primary attachment relationships. Emotion is seen as a powerful agent of change in the therapy, not just as a manifestation of relationship distress. By expanding clients’ emotional experience around core attachment needs and structuring change events to shift the cycle of negative interactions, EFT therapists work to help partners create a more secure bond in their relationship.

Over the last twenty years, a substantial body of research validating the effectiveness of EFT has been developed. Studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery, and approximately 90% show significant improvement. EFT is now being taught in university training programs and treatment centers.

EFT is effective with many different kinds of couples as well as families and individuals and with a variety of cultural groups. The attachment frame of EFT provides a healing approach to partners in relationships as well as individuals suffering from depression, post traumatic stress, and chronic illness.

Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of marital distress and adult love. These conceptualizations are supported by empirical research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment.
  • EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients combining experiential Rogerian 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.

Goals of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • To expand and re-organize key emotional responses – the music of the attachment dance.
  • To create a shift in partners’ interactional positions and initiate new cycles of interaction.
  • To foster the creation of a secure bond between partners.