• Couples Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Couples Counseling and Family Therapy

Couples Counseling and Family Therapy

With respect to couples, I often use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). As its name implies, emotionally focused therapy is based on emotions. It helps in treating, distressed relationships and much more. The goals are to expand and reorganize important emotional responses, implement and foster the creation of a secure bond between partners, and help shift each partner’s position of interaction while initiating new cycles of interaction that are more beneficial for the relationship. Emotionally focused therapy helps create secure and lasting bonds between partners and family members and strives to reinforce the positive bonds that already exist. EFT is a practical technique that has enormous success with couples, and can facilitate change in marriages and relationships that exhibit a wide range of challenges. EFT works to intervene where needed and create change to help relationships work more effectively through a spirit of harmony and respect. Emotionally focused therapy is generally a short-term (12-20 sessions) couple therapy approach.

Techniques of Emotionally Focused Therapy

Through the exploration of emotion, reactions, inter-relations, and behaviors, couples can identify and study their individual roles and the effect each has on the dynamic of the relationship. Each participant is encouraged to express their experiences and emotions in a non-judgmental and secure environment. By witnessing the release of feelings and anxieties of one partner, the other is able to gain new insight and perception into the validity and emotional state that their own actions and experiences have on the relationship as a whole. Without criticism or consequences, the partners are permitted to voice their deepest concerns and conflicts in order to address them and move beyond to develop more productive and collaborative behaviors.

Therapy can address the following concerns:

  • ADHD
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Crisis/Trauma
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Dissolution
  • Dually Diagnosed Individuals
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parenting Issues
  • Personal Growth
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Women’s Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Co-dependency
  • Domestic Violence
  • Adoption Issues


TherapistFarzaneh Bordbar, LMFT
Years in Practice10+ Years
Accepting New ClientsYes
Patient AgesAll
Insurance CoverageAny PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
LanguagesEnglish, Farsi

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