Marriage and/or Relationship Issues Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

Marriage and/or Relationship Issues

Entering into a relationship means merging your life with another person, understanding his or her flaws, quirks and beliefs. With marriage rates declining and divorce statistics set at 50%, it is clear that people are increasingly challenged by marriage and relationship issues, and many lack effective ways to address them. So how can we bridge the gap to understanding our partners better and enjoying romantic bliss?

Many factors affect the interpersonal relationship between two partners who are a couple and sometimes it's hard to see the cause of conflict or friction in a relationship. While some people find divorce to be the best or only option, other people speak to counsellors and psychologists  in a bid to try salvage the relationship.

Signs that indicate a need for couples counselling include poor communication in a relationship, affairs, living past one another, inability to resolve marriage of couples' issues, and acting out negative feelings. When divorce seems like the only option, or if a couple is staying together for the kids' sake, that's a sure sign that therapy is needed.

Therapists do not necessarily  believe that all marriages can be salvaged, but counselling can often help even some of the most challenged relationships.  Through talk therapy, the couple will discover again why they fell in love and what they can do to get back to that place in their marriage. They use a range of effective, proven methods to help couples in any situation to restore intimacy and move past the hurt and wounds to a safe and comfortable place.

The concrete tools used by marriage therapists provide guidance in a supportive and encouraging setting and empower clients to restructure their thoughts and emotions. It helps the couple to work with each other, instead of on one another, helping each individual to find the person he or she is at the core level and to build a happy union.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with  couples you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) has helped couples and family members to treat distressed relationships, depression and a range of other emotional difficulties. It is one of the most common treatments used in private counselling and psychologist practices, training centres and hospital clinics around the world.

The main goal of Emotionally focused therapy is to create a secure bond between romantic partners and to reorganize and expand critical emotional responses. It helps to improve communication between partners, which is more beneficial to the relationship. EFT is a practical therapy that has been used successfully in relationships and marriages for many years, due to the fact that it creates a spirit of respect and harmony.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy generally only lasts between six to twenty sessions and has been shown effective in 90% of relationships.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Note:  Some practitioners practice Emotion Focused Therapy rather than Emotionally Focused therapy.  You will want to confirm that it is indeed Emotionally Focused Therapy that the counsellor/psychologist practices.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Kelly-Anne Breen

M.A., RCC
Kelly-Anne Breen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) who sees clients at offices in North Vancouver, and is available for “Walk & Talk” across the Lower Mainland. Kelly-Anne provides counselling... Read more

Steven Lake

M.Ed., CCC
Dr. Lake has a PhD in Educational Administration. He has a personal interest in emotion and crisis management and created a Model Of Effective Crisis Management for his dissertation. His Master's degree is in... Read more

Mary Munro

M.C., RCC
I can help. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor practicing in downtown Victoria.  Counselling can help you function better: to feel more effective, to give you insight, to help you meet challenges and live... Read more

Michelle Coulombe

M.A., RCC
***Please note that I am not currently accepting new clients until September 2019.***    I have a BA in Psychology, as well as an MA in Counselling Psychology (family specialization) from UBC. I have been... Read more

Christopher Cook

M.A., RCC
All of us have the innate drive to grow, heal, and realize our potential, living our fullest life. But we all, at one time or another, need support along the way. I am a queer therapist offering individual and... Read more

Jo-Anne Stoltz

Ph.D., RCC
I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology and am a BC Registered Clinical Counsellor. I work with individuals and couples, and over the last twenty years have worked with hundreds of clients and counsellor trainees at the... Read more

Phoebe Tsang

M.C., RMFT
Background and training: Master of Counselling from Trinity Western University Registered Clinical Counsellor #1830 of BCACC Registered Marriage & Family Therapist- Supervisor of CAMFT #2017290 BC... Read more

Amber Louie

M.Sc., RCC
To assist you in reaching your goals, I support you to focus on developing your strengths. As an anti-oppression psychotherapist, I value your experiences based on culture, race, indigeneity, socioeconomic status,... Read more

Naomi Adams

M.C., RCC
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I believe that human beings are fundamentally relational – we understand ourselves through our relationships with others, and our relationships with ourselves. Counselling provides an opportunity for a unique and... Read more
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One of my clients said that prior to coming to counselling she'd feared that the experience of therapy would be "like turning the room completely upside down." She instead found it to be "like finally... Read more

Gayle Way

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Gayle Way is a registered psychologist and feminist therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in providing consultation, psychotherapy and counselling to men, women and couples.  She sees clients for... Read more

Daryl Ternowski

Ph.D., R.Psych
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  I typically consult with adults and older adolescents who are successful in many ways, but feel unsatisfied with some aspect of their life. They choose to participate in therapy because they want to feel... Read more

Patrick Bensen

M.A., CCC
Patrick has a Master in Psychology and is originally coming from Norway. He has worked as a Clinician in Counselling Psychology or Psychotherapy for the Royal Social Service of Norway under the Ministry of Health and... Read more

Jonathan Wieser

M.A., RCC
Jon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Marriage and Family Therapist holding a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trinity Western University with a focus on evidence-based... Read more

Mary Gillis

M.A., RCC
Mary Gillis is a registered clinical counsellor who sees clients at her Vancouver office, located West Broadway, near Yew St. Mary brings years of experience to her therapy practice. She... Read more

Cate Pelling

M.A., RCC
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA in Counselling Psychology, I have been working in private practice since 2003.  Previous to this, I worked for a number of years in clinical settings... Read more

Goretti Faria

M.S.W., RCSW
I have been a therapist for over 20 years helping individuals, couples and families resolve a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, self confidence, grief and loss, relationship and couple difficulties,... Read more

Alex Abdel-Malek

M.S.W., RCC
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Hello! My practice is dedicated to helping you make transformational change in your life. The style I use is gentle, thought-provoking, and focused. I'm interested in more than helping you get through whatever... Read more

Dianne Chappell

Ph.D., R.Psych
BACKGROUND Hello. My name is Dr. Dianne Chappell, and I am a Registered Psychologist in BC (CPBC #1498).  I offer quality care and effective treatment to couples and individuals. I have a range of experience,... Read more

Tim Clark

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Tim Clark is a Registered Psychologist with offices in Langley, North Vancouver and New Westminster. He received his Masters degree in counselling psychology from McGill University in 1980 and completed a Ph.D. in... Read more

Jesse Schellenberg

M.A., RCC
Jesse believes that each person has the ability to grow and change. He approaches counselling from a collaborative, empathic and supportive, client-centered basis, using a holistic biopsychosocial model. Jesse believes... Read more

Lauren Shay

M.S.W., RSW
I provide professional, non-judgmental, collaborative support to individuals and couples in Vancouver. By offering a safe and warm therapeutic environment for exploring your unique life challenges, I can help you to... Read more

Lorne Pierce

M.A., R.Psych
I have been in private practice since 1999 providing counselling services to individuals, couples and familes. I have over 20 years experience in the helping professions in both government (federal and provincial)... Read more

Peter Vaughan

M.A., RCC
Certified Gottman Method Therapist, Peter frequently addresses couples communication during conflict, restoring fidelity and commitment, or building intimacy and sexuality. Other common issues: ongoing incompatibilities... Read more

Jan Sutherland

M.Sc., RMFT
Jan Sutherland is an experienced couples, marriage and family therapist with a well established practice in Kelowna, B.C. She provides relationship and marriage counselling to both singles and couples. In couples... Read more

Cathy Hill

Ph.D., R.Psych
  My practice includes clients from all walks of life, and I am privileged to learn from and with people as they grow and change. My approach is eclectic and evolving, although I rely on some traditional... Read more

Lizelle Badenhorst

M.A., RCC
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I have a Masters Degree in Psychology and have worked as a therapist since 1995. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor(RCC) with the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors. I have been working with anxiety,... Read more

Whitney Regan

M.A., RCC
My passion for counselling comes out of a deep desire to walk alongside people as they courageously seek to better understand themselves, the relationships in their lives, and the challenges they face. As a therapist,... Read more

Alison Bell

M.A., RCC
I have been providing counselling and psychotherapy services for over 15 years and I have worked in private practice in the South Surrey, White Rock and surrounding areas since 2006. I have a graduate degree from... Read more

Tanya Elez

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Tanya Elez is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist who sees clients at her office in New Westminster downtown. She offers counselling services to diverse couples,... Read more