Welcome to the Waterloo Region Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) community. Our mission is to create a circle of support in practicing EFT to enhance relationships.

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What is EFT?

Emotionally Focused Therapy is a structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the early 80’s. In the last 20 years, Dr. Sue Johnson and her colleagues have further developed and refined the model. EFT is also used with individuals and 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. The major contraindication for EFT is on-going violence in the relationship. EFT is being used with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers, and hospital clinics and many different cultural groups throughout the world. These distressed couples include partners suffering from disorders such as depression, post traumatic stress disorders and chronic illness.

Strengths & Goals


EFT is based on a clear understanding of marital distress and adult love. It is supported by Attachment Theory and empirical research.

EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients. Alliance is key because it creates a safety that is healing in itself, is egalitarian, and non-pathologizing.

Change strategies and interventions are specific and address recurring patterns of negative interaction as well as the underlying emotions that drive these patterns.


To move from relational distress to a more secure bond between partners.

To expand and reorganize key emotional responses—the music of the attachment dance.

To facilitate a shift in partners’ interactional positions so that they can move toward increased accessibility, responsiveness, and safe engagement with each other.

For clients

We serve couples, families and individuals. There are many well-trained and highly qualified mental health professionals in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas provide Emotionally Focused Therapy.

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Hold Me Tight®: Conversations for Connection is a Relationship Education and Enhancement program developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. It is being offered worldwide and also right here in your community.

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For Therapists

There are valuable resources on the ICEEFT website to help you navigate the certification process.

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Training & Support

Locally we offer many training and learning opportunities for you to become a confident and competent EFT therapist.

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Please also find more training opportunities at the Greater Toronto EFT Community

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