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970 people sought emotionally focused therapy (EFT) help in North Carolina in the last year

Discover how starting emotionally focused therapy (EFT) therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)

What is emotionally focused therapy (EFT)?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a counseling approach that is rooted in the belief that emotions play a pivotal role in shaping one’s identity and guiding daily choices. EFT posits that lacking emotional awareness can lead to adverse consequences, that avoiding or suppressing emotions can result in negative life outcomes, and that avoiding emotional responses may impair one’s ability to process emotions in the future. In emotionally-focused-therapy, trained Thriveworks Wilmington therapists can implement emotionally focused therapy techniques to improve emotional awareness and understanding while equipping you with coping strategies to effectively confront and manage your emotions.

What does EFT do?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) draws from attachment theory and emphasizes the role of emotions in relationships. EFT identifies negative interaction patterns, promoting open communication, empathy, and emotional safety. Thriveworks emotionally focused counseling in Wilmington, NC is comprised of three stages: de-escalation, restructuring, and consolidation. Emotionally focused therapy techniques effectively address issues in couples like communication problems, infidelity, and emotional disconnection, and have been adapted for individual and family therapy.

What is EFT good for?

Emotionally focused therapy is mainly used to treat couples by addressing conflict, improving communication, and working to solve other concerns. However, emotionally focused therapy techniques can also be effective in treating families and depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns in individuals

What is the success rate of EFT?

Emotionally focused therapy can be remarkably successful. A research article by Stephanie Weibe and Susan Johnson titled A Review of the Research in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (2016) shows that EFT has a 70%-73% success rate, and 90% of couples cited overall improvement in their relationship after the use of emotionally focused therapy techniques. It is one of the most effective couples therapy techniques.

What are the three stages of treatment in EFT?

The three stages of emotionally focused therapy are de-escalation, restructuring bonds, and consolidation. These three stages work together to help individuals break out of negative patterns of emotional disconnection, develop a new sense of emotional knowledge and security, and integrate new patterns of problem-solving and trusting emotional cues.

Can you use EFT in individual therapy?

Yes, emotionally focused therapy and emotionally focused therapy techniques can be used in individual therapy. Rather than working to improve an individual’s relationship with their significant other, emotionally focused individual therapy (EFIT) is used to help people develop a more secure sense of self, improve emotional regulation skills, and foster healthier relationships.

Is EFT conducted in person or online?

If you’re wondering, \”Is there emotionally focused therapy near me?\”, the answer is yes — it can be wherever you are. Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online via video conferencing. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does EFT last?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is typically structured as a short- to medium-term therapy, with emotionally focused therapy techniques being implemented over a series of sessions lasting from a few months to several months. The specific number and length of EFT sessions are decided together by the client and therapist, considering progress and therapeutic objectives.

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Counseling for Emotional Regulation in Wilmington, NC—Counselors and Therapists

Have you ever been through an event that made you feel like your emotions were out of control? How about a situation that made you feel like your emotions were controlling you? This might be a moment of road rage taking over when someone cuts you off in traffic or saying something hurtful in the heat of an argument. In either case, do you wish that you had better control of your emotions?

If so, reach out to Thriveworks Wilmington, NC for emotional regulation help. We have counselors and therapists who are ready to help you.

Why Is Emotional Regulation Important?

It takes practice, but the more we learn to notice and accept our emotions, the more mindfully we can react to them. Studies have found that practicing healthy emotional regulation skills, such as accepting your feelings or changing your outlook, supports our mental well-being, and helps us perform better at work and school.

Emotions themselves are neither good nor bad, but our experiences with them can be difficult or painful. When we don’t know how to deal with distress, we might turn to unhelpful patterns- avoiding or fixating negative emotions- without realizing it.

Scheduling Emotional Regulation at Thriveworks Wilmington

If you’ve never been shown a healthy way to regulate emotions, it can be challenging at first to get in touch with what you are feeling. The skilled therapists available at Thriveworks in Wilmington can not only provide tools and resources for building new skills but can help you stay on track, answer any questions you may have, and monitor your progress.

We offer evening and weekend sessions, and we accept most major insurances. Call us today to set up your first appointment (910) 247-4818

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Wilmington therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Wilmington is located near Empie Park off of Wrightsville Ave. We share a building with Amina Shade - State Farm Insurance Agent, Emerald Cuts, Ward Hair & Nail Design, and other businesses.

Phone number

(910) 714-4942

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