Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach based on the concept that emotions are key to one’s identity. It also theorizes that emotions often guide an individual’s decision-making process. EFT aims to enable one to become better at using information provided by adaptive emotions, in turn, allowing these emotions to help clients develop healthier more meaningful lives.
EFT puts emotional experiences at the forefront of therapy. EFT lends from attachment theory where the emphasis on connection to others as a source of safety and comfort provides the vehicle for growth. With the therapist, the client learns to identify their attachment related fears of loss, instead uses their vulnerability to establish healthy attachments. Clients also learn to become more aware of emotions and learn to describe emotions in detail. Instead of fear, they learn to tolerate, welcome, and better regulate emotions.
EFT is useful when applied to depression, couple’s therapy and anxiety.