Welcome to the Toronto Centre for EFT. We are a collective of therapists in the Greater Toronto Area dedicated to the learning and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy 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.

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

Couple and families and individuals looking to find an EFT , EFFT and EFIT clinician in their neighbourhood.

EFT Therapists

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

Toronto Therapists

Clinicians looking for EFT, EFFT and EFIT training in the Greater Toronto area.

Meet Dr. Sue Johnson

Stacks Image 48752
Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and 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 35 international institutes and affiliated centres who practice EFT.
Stacks Image 13166

Stacks Image 31

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.

Stacks Image 1572

New Release 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.

Stacks Image 96420