What is EFT? A New Approach to Age-Old Problems

Emotionally focused therapy is an evidence-based, proven effective treatment for distressed couples and families. It is also effectively used now for individuals with depression, anxiety, and trauma. 

Couples go from distress to resolution with EFT.
Show long-lasting improvement, even years after therapy.

There's no denying the data that has come from studying the effectiveness of EFT for couples. Overall, 75% of couples go from 'distressed' to 'resolution,' and the results are proven to hold (and even improve) for months and years after therapy has stopped.

Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

For Couples Get to the Heart of the Matter

EFT is the most empirically validated, evidence-based and successful model today to help couples stop their negative patterns, find loving feelings again, create safety and security, and bond together for a lifetime of love.

  • Strengthen Attachment Bonds

  • Create Security in the Relationship

  • Communicate & Problem Solve More Effectively

  • Resolve Old Arguments

  • Improve Emotional & Physical Intimacy

  • Heal Old Wounds & Find Forgiveness

EFT for couples has become the “gold standard” of couples therapy according to the American Psychological Association, because of the rigorous process and outcome studies that show exactly how and why EFT works.

For Individuals Healing from the Inside Out

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) helps individuals identify, analyze, and regulate emotional responses, heal and improve interpersonal relationships (past, present and with self), and increase their ability to navigate the world more confidently.

  • Improve Emotional Expression & Regulation

  • Unblock Suppressed Emotions

  • Identify Negative Internal Patterns That Create Distress Inside

  • Validate & Express Needs & Wants

  • Create New Coping Strategies That are Effective in Getting What is Needed in Life

  • Find Disowned Parts of Yourself and Reconnect to be Whole

  • Resolve Relationship Issues with People You Can't Resolve with Directly

EFIT uses the same process with individuals that has been found to be so effective with couple’s therapy. Research studies are currently underway at the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute, founded by Sue Johnson, to show the efficacy of EFT with individuals. Early preliminary studies are showing similar or even better results for individuals as EFT for couples. We are just as devoted to supporting your individual work as your couple and family work at CFIT.

Learn More About EFT for...

For Families Create Lasting Bonds

EFFT helps families struggling with the dynamics between parents and children, parents and their adolescents, and parents and their adult children. EFFT helps remove the blocks to secure attachment between the parents and their children no matter what their age.

  • Improve Understanding and Communication Between Parents and Children

  • Identify Negative Patterns That Keep Families from Being Connected

  • Remove the Blocks to Creating a Secure Attachment

  • Restore the Bond Between Parent and Children by Understanding and Meeting Children's Emotional Needs

  • Keeping Families Together

    A Radio Interview with Dr. Carol Ann Conrad


"HMT gave us a second chance, created the space each of us needed to work with each other again, and gave me the breathing room that I needed personally."

healed Client

"The HMT workshop reinforced the book and provided excellent video examples (behavioral examples) and the opportunity to discuss general partner dynamics as a group. Carol and the support therapists did a great job!"

A Happy Client

"Going through the HMT "process" has helped my husband and I communicate more effectively. Knowing what the demon dialogue does to us & how to stop our dance has been pivotal to us really letting each other in"

happy client

“Dr. Conrad is very professional and compassionate. We worked together as a team and she helped me heal in ways I never thought possible. As a result of therapy I am able to enjoy life to its fullest. I highly recommend Dr. Conrad.” 

A Satisfied Client

"We simply can’t recommend working with Dr. Carol enough! Our marriage had been struggling for a long time, and we went into counseling skeptical (but hopeful) that things could be different. After the Hold Me Tight workshop and hard work together with Carol, we are happier in our relationship, closer than we thought possible, and even better parents. We are eternally grateful to Dr. Carol and EFT; we know the tools we learned have saved our marriage!"

Hold Me Tight Couple

"Dr. Conrad was engaging and encouraging to us. she helped make the workshop a little easier to participate in. The topics at time were emotionally charging, but she was supportive."

refreshed client

"I think EVERY couple should do this!"

satisfied client

"If you are open, I guarantee you will learn how to create love and trust in this workshop!"

A happy client

The HMT was a great place to open up and really explore our relationship & feelings in a safe & encouraging environment."

Hold Me Tight Couple

"Well worth the time!"

A Satisfied Client

"HMT helped us find the core of our relationship difficulty."

Hold Me Tight Couple


Frequently Asked Questions About Emotionally Focused Therapy

Starting a new type of therapy can be daunting. Let's answer some of the most common questions surrounding EFT. 

Ready to Begin Your Healing Journey?

Over the past 30 years, many research studies continue to prove the effectiveness of EFT and its ability to transform the lives of couples and individuals alike. Whether you're new to therapy or you've tried every method in the book, everyone can benefit from this transformative practice.