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Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

Short Term, Evidence Based, Effective and Collaborative Family Counseling in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Both In-Person and Online Sessions Available

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Imagine finally finding someone you can trust, someone who is highly skilled and can help you and your family harness the power of emotion. Imagine transforming your relationships and feeling inspired to grow while you share and create harmony around you.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), is an attachment-based process. It guides love in family relationships and offers you new opportunities to repair ruptured connections that are the foundation of a secure and loving family.

At Wellness, we see wholeness in every human. We believe people are creative, resourceful and good and everyone deserves to feel safe, heard and understood.

We view connection not only as important but sacred. Through our family counseling services, along with therapy for adolescents, teenagers and young adults, we’re proud to help people maintain emotional stability in a confusing and complex world.

We understand love, good communication, cooperation, trust, emotional safety, closeness and connection are all essential ingredients of strong families and resourceful living.

While working with families, we focus on patterns of interactions rather than individual issues or pathologizing one person who may be challenging, unmotivated or acting out. Take a look at one of our therapists, Christina Bronte, who specializes in family therapy services. Christina, sees tweens, teens, young adults and their families. If you want more information, you can click here or call our Client Support team (704-319-5593) who stand by ready to help.

Here are some common reasons to seek family therapy services:

  • Your adolescent, teen or young adult child is struggling with academic pressures and they are either stuck in perfectionism or underachieving.
  • The intensity of academic (and other) schedules, peer pressure and/or social media is impacting them negatively and causing anxiety or depression like symptoms.
  • A major trauma or change has impacted your child and the entire family, such as moving, a school change, illness, injury, natural disaster, loss of a sibling or parent.
  • An unexpected or traumatic loss of a friend or family member.
  • Adjustment to new family dynamics in the home, such as the birth of a sibling, a return from college or even a grandparent moving in.

In your family counseling sessions, with guidance, you’ll encounter new, emotional experiences that will allow you and your adolescent, teen or young adult child to:

  • Gain more confidence
  • Explore feelings around safety and trust
  • Share in new ways
  • Talk about what matters most and
  • Feel a new sense of safety and security in the family

Together with your therapist, you’ll focus on four key steps that are critical components of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:

  • Explore Relational Blocks – What gets in the way?
  • Access Underlying Emotions – How does that happen and what patterns develop?
  • Clarify Intentions – What would we prefer to have happen and what might that look like?
  • Promote Openness – Explore and initiate more openness and intentional engagement.

It’s important to mention that Family Therapy is a highly specialized skill set, and we are trained, credentialed and ready to help make a difference. We also want to be transparent and let you know there are certain situations which may be beyond the scope of our practice and other specialized services are required. Those include but are not limited to eating disorders, addiction and potential self-harm. In such cases we will provide referrals and do what we can to help stabilize the family unit.

At Wellness, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from; whether your family is traditional or non-traditional.

We know there is a connection between Love in each of us and Peace in the world.

It all starts in the human heart… and in the home.

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"Christina has been an instrumental piece of my therapy journey. Her ability to listen and reflect and then guide has taught me not only where my trauma comes from but how to manage those experiences and feelings to live a balanced life. I am very grateful for her counsel, and she has always advocated for me to help find the best path forward. She is willing to go the extra mile, and that is greatly appreciated. Her versatile approach to therapy has allowed me to approach my trauma in many different ways."