Emotion Focused Therapy
for Couples

What is Emotion Focused Couples Therapy?

EFT is a short term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy which blends systems theory, experiential therapy and attachment theory. It was formulated in the early 1980’s by Drs. Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg. 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 also used with families. 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. EFT is recognized by the American Psychological Association as empirically proven.

EFT is being used with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers and hospital clinics and many different cultural groups. These distressed couples include partners suffering from disorders such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders, sexual dysfunctions and chronic illness.

The major contraindications for EFT is on-going violence in the relationship, and ongoing infidelity. However, EFT with couples is an effective therapy to help couples repair the attachment injury that infidelity inflicts on the relationship.

Dr. St.Claire works with couples using Emotion Focused Couples Therapy and is currently receiving advanced training in EFT for couples.

Learn more about Emotion Focused Couples Therapy at
International Center for Excellence in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (www.iceeft.com).
For appointments and information about EFT for Couples:
  • Phone: 720-220-5770
  • Email: rachael.stclaire@me.com
  • Office: Denver Colorado in Capitol Hill