Welcome to the

Toronto Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy

Toronto's home base for EFT!

We are a collective of mental health practitioners in the Greater Toronto Area dedicated to the practice, learning and training of Emotionally Focused Therapy, the empirically proven and well researched model developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and her colleagues. This is a model for couples (EFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy For Families (EFFT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT). We provide EFT therapy to couples, families and individuals as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy training to those mental health practitioners wanting to become certified in EFT. Our centre is connected with the 65 other Centres and communities world wide that are affiliated with the International Centre for Excellence in EFT.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to foster the development of a community of EFT, EFFT and EFIT trained therapists in the GTA, in order to:
  • Help couples, families and individuals connect to an Emotionally Focused Therapist in the Greater Toronto area
  • Promote collegiality, learning and support amongst GTA EFT therapists.

Our Philosophy

We adhere to the philosophy that relationships are at the core of human experience. Research indicates that emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral components of mental and physical health and that emotionally focused interventions have the power to establish and re-create supportive bonds among individuals. We are therefore dedicated to the understanding and enhancement of couple and family relationships through an emphasis on emotions and their interpersonal impact. We believe that all people can maximize their potential given a nurturing social environment, which we endeavour to foster in our work with clients.

This Website is for:

Couples, Families and Individuals...

...looking to find a therapist trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT ) and Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) in their neighbourhood.

EFT Therapists

EFT professionals looking to connect or refer to other EFT, EFFT and EFIT practitoners.

Toronto Therapists...

...looking for Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT ) and Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) training in the Greater Toronto area.

We are an affilated site with

The International Centre for Excellence in EFT

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Meet Dr. Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson is a world-renown clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author and a leading innovator in the field of couple, family and individual psychotherapy. She is the main developer of her well researched and empirically prover model of therapy - Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. As an academic, Dr. Johnson was written numerous articles and professional texts as well as two books for the general public Love Sense and Hold Me Tight - Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of love. Hold Me Tight has been translated into 30 languages and is a self-help version of her ground breaking research about relationships. Hold Me Tight has also been developed into a psycho-educational workshops and retreats for all couples, including those with partners with heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders. Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Sue trains at and oversees the 85+ affiliated centres and communities world wide who offer Emotionally Focused Therapy therapy to their clients and training to their mental health practitioners. Dr. Johnson is a Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002). Sue trains counsellors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 65 international institutes and affiliated centres who practice EFT. Dr. Sue Johnson was award the Order of Canada

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EFT Research

Following the short summary is a list of studies and commentaries on Emotionally Focused Therapy research.

Short Summary of EFT Research

Question: Does EFT conform to any “Gold” standard in terms of research validation and the standards set out for psychotherapy?

In terms of the gold standard set out by bodies such as APA for psychotherapy research, EFT epitomizes the very highest level set out by this standard. Over the last 25 years, the EFT research program has systematically covered all the factors set out in optimal models of psychotherapy research. The meta-analysis (Johnson et al, 1999) of the four most rigorous outcome studies conducted before the year 2000, showed a larger effect size (1.3) than any other couple intervention has achieved to date. Studies consistently show excellent follow-up results, and some studies show that significant progress continues after therapy. EFT has a body of process research showing that change does indeed occur in the way that the theory suggests. This level of linkage between in-session process and rigorous outcome measurement is unusual in the field of psychotherapy. EFT is the only model of couple intervention that uses a systematic empirically validated theory of adult bonding as the basis for understanding and alleviating relationship problems. The generalizability of EFT across different kinds of clients and couples facing co-morbidities such as depression and PTSD has been examined and results are consistently positive. Outcome and process research addressing key relationship factors, such as the forgiveness of injuries, has also been conducted with positive results. EFT studies are generally rigorous and published in the best peer reviewed journals. In brief, EFT researchers can show that, as set out in the Johnson 2004 seminal text, Creating Connection: The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, EFT works very well, results last, we know how it works so we can train therapists to intervene efficiently and we know it works across different populations and problems. It also links congruently to other bodies of research such as those examining the nature of relationship distress and adult attachment processes.

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Books for the General Public by Dr. Sue Johnson

Love Sense - revolutionary understanding of why and how we love, based on cutting-edge research.

Books for the General Public by Dr. Sue Johnson

From the bestselling author of Hold Me Tight - a revolutionary understanding of why and how we love, based on cutting-edge research.

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