Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

At Inside Passage Relationship Counseling, we specialize in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, the most effective approach to couples counseling.

What Is Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy?

Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is an evidence-based, empirically validated approach to couples therapy. Considered the gold-standard of couples therapy for its high success rate, EFT is based on the neuroscience of adult attachment. Couples learn to address the negative patterns that underlie the majority of their conflict cycles, regardless of the exact content that is the focus of the conflict.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy follows a well-researched map of 9 steps and 3 stages of therapy to help couples move from distress and insecure attachment to safe connection and secure attachment. 

“We were really in crisis mode when we found Inside Passage Relationship Counseling and they helped us get back on the same team. I don’t know that our marriage would have survived without their expert guidance.”


Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Successfully Helps Couples Experiencing:

Lasting change requires the right intervention with the right guide.

Find a Trained Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist at Inside Passage Relationship Counseling

Choosing to seek therapy isn’t always easy, but finding the right therapist should be.

We are committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space that welcomes all individuals, regardless of race, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or relationship structure.

Bridget Burns, MA, LMHCA

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"We are so grateful to Inside Passage Counseling! We got more out of our sessions than we could ever have hoped."


Meghan, Chris and Molly: our extraordinary scheduling team.


Our professional client care team will answer your questions and help you find the right therapist. 

Initial Session

We’ll schedule an initial session with your therapist so you can discuss your goals and how the therapist can help.

Recurring Sessions

If it’s a good fit, we’ll schedule recurring sessions weekly or biweekly to help you meet your goals.

What to Expect in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy at Inside Passage Relationship Counseling

Inside Passage couples therapists are trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to support your journey toward a happier, healthier relationship. 

Assessment & Understanding

EFT begins by creating a safe environment to assess relationship dynamics and the emotions underlying conflicts. Your therapist will help you identify your primary emotions and attachment needs.


EFT explores negative interaction patterns and cycles that contribute to relationship distress. Patterns often involve a dance of emotions and responses between partners. Together you will learn a new, positive dance.


Therapists guide couples in recognizing and expressing their authentic emotions while also fostering the ability for deep listening and understanding. Emphasis is placed on identifying unmet needs and longings.

Reconstructing Interactions

EFT works to reshape negative patterns by fostering new, positive interactions. Inside Passage therapists help couples create secure bonds by learning to turn towards each other for comfort and connection.

Consolidation & Integration

The therapy process involves consolidating positive changes and integrating new ways of relating. Couples learn to maintain emotional and physical connection, and navigate challenges effectively.


EFT focuses on enhancing emotional engagement, creating a secure attachment, and strengthening the bond between partners, giving you the tools you need to nurture a long lasting, loving relationship. 

Connect with who matters.

If you are ready to improve the quality of your relationship, call Inside Passage Relationship Counseling today.