Couples Therapy: Emotionally Focused Therapy: EFT

"To be human is to need others, and this is no flaw or weakness" Dr Sue Johnson

Beth Jaeger-Skigen and Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy


I am a certified (EFT) Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor as approved by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.  I also on faculty at the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT)



What is EFT? 


EFT is a step-by-step process in which EFT therapists guide the couple to explore their emotions and their corresponding behaviors, and this helps in identifying the role that each member of the couple play in the relationship.


Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a well-known humanistic approach to psychotherapy formulated in the 1980’s and developed in tandem with the science of adult attachment, a profound developmental theory of personality and intimate relationships.  This science has expanded our understanding of individual dysfunction and health as well as the nature of love relationships and family bonds.  Attachment views human beings as innately relational, social and wired for intimate bonding with others.  The EFT model prioritizes emotion and emotional regulation as the key organizing agents in individual experience and key relationship interactions.

EFT is best known as a cutting edge, tested and proven couple intervention. This model operationalizes the principles of attachment science using non-pathologizing experiential (paralleling Carl Rogers) and relational systems techniques (paralleling Salvador Minuchin) to focus on and change core organizing factors in both the self and key relationships. "Non-pathogizing" means EFT therapists do not diagnose mental illness however I will refer out  and/or collaborate with other mental health professionals to ensure you obtain the highest quality of care.

Couples report that EFT couples therapy with me enhances connection, reduces conflict, improves intimacy, and moves them into a place of more comfort and joy. I work with all couples and welcome LGBTQ couples and I am gender competent.

 I have led many workshops for couples on topics such as Enhancing Intimacy in Relationships, Infertility and its Effects on Couples, When Couple's Choose to Live Without Children, Babyproofing Your Relationship, and Substance Abuse and Relationship Distress.



  • Communication
  • Sex/intimacy
  • Money
  • Infertility/ Fertility related issues
  • In-laws
  • Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Emotional Re-connection


EFT is the most researched and  effective approach for distressed couples.-Johnson; Hunsley; Greenberg & Schindler


















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1197 Valencia Street, SF, CA, 94110

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