Life with Hope, LLC Counseling Center

Key West Professional Offices
2708 Palm Harbor Blvd., Suite 507-12
Palm Harbor, FL 34683-2665
(see map below and on Contact Us page)

Phone: 727-600-8081

Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to Help

Robin C. Campbell. EdD, LMFT

Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to Help Couples Remove the Blocks to Building Real Connection


     Dr. Campbell specializes in working with couples who find themselves distressed in their relationships.  She uses an approach known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in helping these couples to remove the blocks to real connection. EFT is a structured approach to couple’s therapy formulated in the 1980's and has developed alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding to expand our understanding about what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists in working more effectively with couples they see in their practices

    In the last fifteen years, Dr. Sue Johnson and her colleagues have further developed and refined the model and completed numerous studies.  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.

     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.


Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy

    EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of partner distress and adult love. These conceptualizations are supported by empirical research on the nature of partner distress and adult attachment.  EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients need to move toward change in a place that feels safe and encouraging, and at a pace that is comfortable for them. Change strategies and interventions are specified. Key moves and moments in the change process have been mapped into nine steps and three change events. EFT has been validated by over 20 years of empirical research. There is also research on the change processes and predictors of success. EFT has been applied to many different kinds of problems and populations.

Goals of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • To expand and re-organize key emotional responses – the music of the attachment dance. 
  • To create a shift in partners' interactional positions and initiate new cycles of interaction.
  • To foster the creation of a secure bond between partners.