Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

What is Emotionally focused therapy?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a type of therapy that helps improve relationships and emotional connections. It focuses on understanding emotions, attachment styles, and finding better ways to communicate and connect with others. EFT can be helpful for couples, families, or individuals who are having difficulties in their relationships and want to improve their emotional bond.

When is Emotionally Focused Therapy used in psychology?

EFT can be applied to both individual and couples based therapy.  It is especially helpful for couples who are having conflicts, feeling distant from each other, or struggling with communication.  EFT can also be used for families who have unresolved issues or strained relationships. Additionally, individuals who are experiencing emotional distress related to their relationships, such as feeling anxious or depressed, can benefit from EFT.

What to expect in Emotionally Focused Therapy sessions?

The early stage of EFT often involves assessment and psychoeducation, where your psychologist helps you understand your emotions, attachment needs, and relationship patterns. Your psychologist then guides you through a process of identifying and expressing your emotions, which helps to create a greater sense of emotional safety and connection.

In EFT sessions, you can expect a safe and supportive environment. Your psychologist will help you understand the emotions and patterns that are causing problems in your relationships. They will guide you in expressing your emotions and needs in a healthy way.  Your psychologist will help you develop new ways of communicating and connecting emotionally.  You will learn skills that promote understanding, empathy, and validation.  Exercises and discussions may be used to deepen your emotional awareness and strengthen your emotional bond with your partner or family members.

The main goal of EFT is to create a secure and loving emotional connection within your relationships. Through therapy, you can expect to gain a better understanding of your emotions, improve your communication, and build stronger and more fulfilling relationships.

Remember, therapy is personalised to your unique needs and experiences. Your psychologist will adapt the approach to ensure it is respectful, empowering, and supportive of your therapeutic journey.

Reference: Greenberg L. S. (2010). Emotion-Focused Therapy: An Overview. Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal, 4(33), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.17066/pdrd.42956

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