The second stage of EFT focuses on creating new, positive interaction patterns that enhance emotional engagement and responsiveness between partners.

Enhancing Emotional Engagement and Responsiveness

In this step, the therapist guides partners in exploring their deeper emotional needs and fears, which are often hidden beneath their surface interactions. By fostering open and vulnerable communication, partners learn to express their attachment needs and respond to each other with empathy and understanding. This emotional engagement helps to build trust and closeness.

Building New, Positive Interaction Patterns

With increased emotional engagement, the couple begins to develop new, positive cycles of interaction. These new patterns are characterized by responsiveness, accessibility, and emotional support. Partners practice turning towards each other in moments of need, offering comfort and reassurance instead of retreating into negative cycles. The therapist supports this process by facilitating and reinforcing these positive interactions during sessions.