‘Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship, mutual respect and enjoyment of each other’s company.’ John M. Gottman

Couple & Marriage Counselling
Emotionally Focused Therapy

“It is all about our innate need to have someone to depend on, a loved one who can offer reliable emotional connection and comfort” – Dr Sue Johnson

Are you here for me?

Are you accessible when I need you?

Are you responsive when I call?

Are you engaging with me when I miss you?

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples focuses on helping each partner reprocess the emotional experience underlying the negative dance that keeps them stuck, so that they can have more secure emotional bonds.

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples – A leading edge therapy for Couple & Marriage Counselling

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)Developed in the 80s by Sue Johnson, Ed.D and Leslie Greenberg, PhD, EFT is continuing to grow and help thousands of people worldwide.

Today, more and more EFT Therapists are following the rigorous training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy as extensive research is continuously backing up the therapy.

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples presents a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment and a process for healing distressed relationships.

It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security and closeness in intimate relationships.

The theory behind Emotionally Focused Therapy is based on Attachment Theory. John Bowlby talked about the emotional bond between child and mother, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples transforms relationships, as the love between intimate partners is all about attachment and emotional bonding.

The aim of Emotionally Focused Therapy

The aim of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples is not only to change the way people fight, or to help them to be more able to handle everyday things like chores around the house or parental duties.

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy helps partners build more secure emotional bonds

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples focuses on helping each partner reprocess the emotional experience underlying the rigid negative pattern. “Emotions play a critical role in the life of the couple as they are the glue in romantic relationships that connect couples to the experience they share.” – Gail Palmer.

Through a series of well-defined stages, the therapist takes the couple from conflict deadlock to creating new bonding interactions.

The well-defined stages of the therapy helps the couple move from ‘stuck’ to creating new, safe bonding interactions. Changes happen in the process of interaction between the partners and the process during the sessions. The therapist is constantly ensuring the safety of both partners.

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples is a relatively short term therapy and can span over 8 to 20 sessions depending on circumstances.

The Sessions

During the sessions, you will learn together how to:

Completed and ongoing EFT research consistently supports the efficacy of the Emotionally Focused Therapy model. For more details visit www.iceeft.com Research Menu.

If you feel your relationship is not how you want it to be, and you would like to know how you can get help, you can contact me, give me call me on +971 55 732 99 66 or send me an email to evelyne@evelynelthomas.com and we can discuss your situation.

Couples have found the book: ‘Hold me tight – Your guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships’ by Dr Sue Johnson a useful guide to a better intimate relationship. It is packed with insights and self-help tips which you can apply in your relationship.

VIDEO – Dr. Sue Johnson – How to Love Intelligently in the Age of Instant Gratification.


The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy: www.iceeft.com


Evelyne L. Thomas, MA, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist (EFCT), Dip. CBT, Adv. Dip. Hyp.Psych.Couns (UK), BWRT® Adv Pract., NLP Practioner, Certified Co-Active Coach

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Psychosexual Disorders
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
BrainWorking Recursive Therapy BWRT®
Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling Skills
Co-Active Coaching®

As an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist, I help people understand and challenge the negative patterns they are in. Together we find ways to re-create the connection they are deeply craving.

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“I have always internalised my thoughts and was able to break down this habit through EFT. This doesn’t mean that I had to share everything. Quite the opposite. Only what I wanted to or was comfortable with, but often just acknowledgment of an issue was enough to start the process.” Couple, Dubai

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