Lakefront Counseling and Relationship Services


Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT)

Therapists help the couple identify the relational negative patterns,  and then reframe the problem. They can restructure the connection between partners by identifying the deeper unmet needs. Partners learn to accept those tender and vulnerable places in each other. Through bonding events partners have the opportunity to either re-engage or soften in the safe haven created by the therapist. The  new relational cycle helps the couple solve old problems that previously damaged the relationship.

Emotion Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

 There are patterns in how we engage with others, in how we describe others and how we see ourselves. There are also themes in our inner experience and how we regulate our emotions. Client and therapist work together to collaborate in capturing and ordering these patterns. We choose  current vivid moments of experience to explore. As we engage  denied emotions in a way that brings about a more positive pattern the outcome is satisfying. The goal is secure connection with self and others and helps clients to move into openness, responsiveness and full engagement.


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The experience of EMdr

EMDR therapy can be done both in-person or online and must be done with a properly trained and licensed mental health clinician. EMDR is useful for:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
  • Chronic illness and medical issues
  • Depression and bipolar disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Pain
  • Psychosis
  • Sexual assault
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Violence and abuse

It is natural in a disturbing event to have stress responses such as fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress  remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to continue. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.


Online Therapy

EFT appears to be suited to the factors that therapists want to achieve in online sessions: safety, full engagement, retaining the tasks and experience that shapes effective change. The focus crosses the barrier from live to on screen sessions. In fact the first large study of EFIT was conducted online proving that there seems to be no problem using this model in an online mode. ~ taken from ~ A Primer for Emotion Focused Individual Therapy; Susan M. Johnson and T. Leanne Campbell

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does a session cost?

A 50 minute session costs $70.

2. Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately at this time we are not able to take any insurance. 

3. What will my first session look like?

One free 30 minute phone consultation is available to decide if the counselor is a good fit for you and to answer any questions. 

The in-person first session is the beginning of getting used to each other. The counselor documents some basic background information about you and answers any further questions you may have.

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