Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Travis Atkinson, LCSW, is a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor. As one of the Founders of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT), Travis has been practicing EFT since 2006. Travis is featured as a presenter on a panel discussion in "Emotionally Focused Therapy with Same-Sex Couples with Dr. Sue Johnson," the first training video specifically addressing the needs of LGBTQ couples to train couples therapists.
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Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

EFT is usually a short-term, structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the early 80’s by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg.

Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of relationship distress and adult love, supported by empirical research on the nature of relationship distress and adult connections.

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

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