Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based form of couples therapy pioneered by Dr. Sue Johnson and colleagues in the 1980s. A substantial body of research demonstrates the effectiveness of EFT across cultures. Research studies demonstrate that after 10-12 sessions, 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery, and 90% of couples show significant improvement (Johnson et al., 1999). 

EFT is focused on fostering secure emotional connection between partners. This is done by helping couples break rigid, negative interaction patterns and replacing them with fluid, empathic interactions that lead to permanent change.

Watch the video below for a brief overview of EFT.

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Dave Jackson
Couples Therapist, Psychologist, Speaker, and Facilitator

Dave Jackson, PhD, LP, is a Grand Forks, ND-based psychologist and EFT couples therapist and supervisor. He is passionate about helping others find secure, meaningful connections with their partners. His amenable and personal demeanor is an asset when helping couples have difficult and powerful conversations. He is gifted in knowing when to be serious and when to appropriately lighten the mood with his charming humor.

He is co-founder of Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC, a group practice dedicated to providing compassionate, effective services that enhances the quality of life of their patients. As a business owner, he has extensive experience with effective communication and finding reasonable resolution.

Dave loves cycling, basketball, camping, and hiking. He enjoys going on adventures with his wife, Erin, who is a sport psychologist, and their two border collie mix rescue dogs, Molly and Fromm.


  • Licensed Psychologist in North Dakota (#359)

  • Certified EFT Therapist

  • Certified EFT Supervisor

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota

  • Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Dakota

 Dave & his wife, Erin, hiking in Glacier National Park

Dave & his wife, Erin, hiking in Glacier National Park

 Dave with his pups, Fromm (l) and Molly (r)

Dave with his pups, Fromm (l) and Molly (r)

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