Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples is a transformative approach that delves deeply into the emotional intricacies of intimate relationships. At its core, EFT recognizes that emotional connection is the lifeblood of a thriving partnership, and its primary focus is to create and strengthen this bond.

In EFT, the therapist explores the underlying emotional patterns and vulnerabilities that often get tangled in the dance of relationships. Our desire for connection and love can sometimes be obscured by emotional barriers and unmet needs from our past. EFT foregrounds compassionate exploration that can help partners identify these roadblocks and gently unravel them together.

If you are currently exploring options for Calgary couples counselling, Emotionally Focused Therapy may be an approach you wish to learn more about. Below, we’ve provided an overview of its key points:

Attachment As a Framework

Emotion Focused Therapy views human beings as inherently wired for attachment. We seek secure emotional bonds with our partners, similarly to how children seek comfort and safety from their caregivers. Understanding attachment dynamics helps us make sense of the patterns and struggles in adult relationships.

Recognizing Negative Cycles

EFT is a relationship therapy that helps couples identify the negative cycles of interaction that perpetuate emotional distance and conflict. These patterns often lead to feelings of disconnection and hurt, leaving partners caught in a cycle of blame and defensiveness.

Creating Emotional Safety

EFT therapists prioritize creating a safe and non-judgmental space for partners to express their deepest feelings and fears. Emotional safety is the foundation upon which healing and transformation can occur.

Validation and Empathy

EFT therapists encourage partners to truly listen to each other's emotional experiences and validate their feelings. Empathy is a powerful tool that helps partners understand one another's perspectives, fostering compassion and closeness.

Restructuring Interactions

Through the therapeutic process, the couple and therapist work together to restructure the interactions between partners. This involves replacing negative cycles with more positive, open, and responsive ways of relating.

Fostering Vulnerability and Intimacy

EFT aims to help partners become more vulnerable with each other, sharing their deeper emotions and needs. As intimacy grows, the emotional connection strengthens, leading to a more fulfilling relationship.

Healing Emotional Wounds

Often, unresolved emotional wounds from the past influence our present relationships. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy provides a space to explore and heal these wounds, freeing partners from past baggage and creating a renewed hope for the future.

Enhancing Communication Skills

Effective communication is vital in any relationship. Emotionally Focused Therapy equips partners with new ways of communicating their needs, fears, and desires, understanding each other's key emotional responses, and promoting understanding and mutual support.

Relapse Prevention

EFT doesn't just address surface-level issues; it equips couples with tools to sustain their emotional connection and handle future challenges that may arise.

Emotionally Focused Therapy encourages couples to move beyond simply problem-solving to explore the deeper emotional terrain of their relationship. By fostering vulnerability, empathy, and understanding, partners can rediscover each other and forge a profoundly meaningful connection that transforms their relationship into a source of vitality and growth.

Remember, in the journey of love, the possibilities are boundless.

Are you ready to begin your couples counselling journey with a Calgary psychologist trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy? Reach out to us at One Life Counselling & Coaching to book an appointment and begin your journey today!

Rates and Insurance


Individual Sessions

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session

Couples Sessions
(Recommended first 4-6 sessions)

(90 minutes)
$330 + GST
Per Session

Maintenance Couples Counselling
Follow-up or Maintenance

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session


(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session

If being able to use your insurance benefits is an important factor in your selection, our team would be happy to recommend one of our therapists who's services are covered by most insurance plans. Please be sure to confirm in advance if insurance coverage is preferred.

Our standard fees are aligned with the recommended fee schedule from the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. However, we offer the added value of 60-minute sessions in contrast to the recommended 50-minute session for this fee.

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