Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a well-known humanistic approach to psychotherapy formulated in the 1980’s. EFT incorporates the science of adult attachment, developmental theory of personality and intimate relationships.
In EFT the clinician looks at our understanding of individual dysfunction and health as well as the nature of love relationships and family bonds.
Attachment theory views human beings as innately relational, social and wired for intimate bonding with others. The EFT model addresses emotion and emotional regulation as the key components in individual and relationship interactions.
EFT is also used to address individual depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress (EFIT – Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy) and to repair family bonds (EFFT – Emotionally Focused Family Therapy).
This model operationalizes the principles of attachment science using non-pathologizing experiential (paralleling Carl Rogers) and relational systems techniques (paralleling Salvador Minuchin) to focus on and change core organizing factors in both the self and key relationships.
EFT helps individuals to:
- Become more aware of their emotions
- Welcome, allow and regulate emotions
- Describe emotions clearly and in detail
- Evaluate whether the emotions are helpful or hurtful
- Identify the source of unhelpful emotions
- Develop alternative, healthy ways of coping with situations that often elicit hurtful emotions
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