Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy
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Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

What is Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)?

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) is an attachment-focused psychotherapy intervention that is built on attachment science developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. EFIT uses attachment theory to help you to achieve secure attachment in your life by helping you to develop a greater awareness of the attachment behaviours you are demonstrating and how these behaviours affect your relationships. Exploring your current attachment style can also offer you the opportunity to become aware of your own experiences and interpretations. By looking at your attachment history, you can work towards healing injuries from your past.

Through EFIT, you will feel encouraged to explore attachment dynamics from both a biological and psychological perspective, enabling you to create more meaningful and secure attachments in your life, overcome obstacles faced in communication and set healthy boundaries. With EFIT, there is often an increased level of insight gained into one’s relationship with your self and others, leading to positive changes and improved outcomes for anyone who uses this therapy.

EFIT and how it can help you

If you are someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma or even just everyday stress, seeking out Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) can help you make meaningful changes. EFIT is an attachment-focused psychotherapy that focuses on building stronger emotional bonds and attachments to help improve overall mental and physical health. While we usually look at connections with others during couples and family therapy, EFIT can help anybody who wants to work on developing healthier coping mechanisms, improve their relationships and experience a deeper sense of self and quality of life.

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At Purposeful Change we recognize the power of connection to others and how it relates to our own sense of identity and wellness.

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Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) is an attachment theory psychotherapy which uses your attachment styles to understand your emotional “music”.

EFIT in your everyday life

Emotions are the most powerful thing in every room and the therapy room is no different. At Purposeful Change, a psychotherapist trained in EFIT can help you improve emotional regulation and increase tolerance to distress so that you can begin to build safe and secure connections.

This psychotherapy enables individuals to explore their emotions and gain insight into how the emotional experience feels for them. Our attachment history influences how we feel our emotions and how we learn to cope with distress. With EFIT, individuals learn to recognize insecure attachment patterns, and how to navigate through this to allow for the development of a more secure attachment that enhances well-being in relationships. Not only does secure attachment lead to healthier interactions with others, but it also allows for improved self-confidence and better communication skills in both personal and professional settings.

What are some of the benefits of EFIT?

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy is an approach designed to identify and work through emotional responses with the goal of regulated emotional responses. Upon exploring your attachment style, EFIT can help you gain the confidence to handle difficult emotions effectively. EFIT can improve self-reliance by nurturing the capacity to deal with challenges in new ways, and feel confident whilst bidding for connection and an overall sense of purpose. By focusing on emotional regulation, communication and self-reliance, EFIT promotes safety and security from within. EFIT can have lasting benefits, such as:

  • Improved confidence in emotional decision making
  • A greater understanding of emotional responses and triggers
  • Emotional resilience during relationship challenges

Amongst the research outcomes listed for EFIT there are a host of therapeutic outcomes including physical health. Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy improves the quality of life for individuals and their interpersonal and emotional bonds. These personal and relationship improvements work to balance mood, reduce our reliance on unhealthy coping mechanisms and increase self-reliance resulting in a reduction in physical health problems which stem from stress and emotional issues.

Sukaina Nathoo

Registered Psychotherapist

I can help you make purposeful changes.

I can help you make purposeful changes.

Get started with Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy

If you are looking for a sought-after approach to individual therapy that is tailored to you, look no further than Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). Developed from the principles of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, EFIT is a goal-oriented and evidence-based psychotherapy modality that helps individuals recognize and transform overwhelmed emotional experiences, heal traumas and build more secure attachments in relationships. Browse our EFT therapists profiles and request a free consultation to get started with EFIT today.

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Sukaina Nathoo

Registered Psychotherapist

Sukaina Nathoo

Registered Psychotherapist

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Relative Therapies

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • EFT for Couples (EFCT)
  • EFT for Families (EFFT)

Frequently asked questions

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a regulated type of therapy that uses the relationship between the client and the therapist as a means to treat and improve mental health. Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) can work with individuals, couples, and families to bring about change in thinking, feeling, behaviour, and social functioning. People usually seek psychotherapy services when they have thoughts, feelings, moods or behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships, or ability to enjoy life.

How do I book an appointment?

Appointments can be made on our online booking tool. You can manage your appointments, view appointment history and access invoices. Our online booking tool will send you appointment reminders and other helpful information. Sign up or sign in to your account to get started with appointments.

What happens after I book my first appointment?

Once you’ve booked your first appointment, you’ll be sent a triage and consent form. By completing this form ahead of time, you can get started with treatment right from your first session. You’ll receive appointment reminders and a link to your video appointment that you can attend conveniently on a computer or smartphone.

How much does it cost?

Session fees vary depending on the type of service booked. Most extended healthcare benefits with major insurance providers like Canada Life, Manulife, Sun Life, Green Shield and others cover psychotherapy services. Check with your insurance provider to see if you’re covered.

Psychotherapy with Purposeful Change

We tailor our psychotherapy services to you so that, together, we can create the most successful treatment plan possible.

Insurance Coverage

Ontario insurance providers cover the services of our Registered Psychotherapists.


Our skilled therapists use different approaches to get you the support you deserve.


Busy working? We have convenient appointments on weeknights and weekends.

Sukaina Nathoo

Registered Psychotherapist

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I’m accepting new clients with no waitlist.

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