Emotionally focused therapy and emotion-focused therapy are a family of related approaches to psychotherapy with individuals, couples, or families.
EFT approaches include elements of experiential therapy, systemic therapy, and attachment theory. EFT is usually a short-term treatment. EFT approaches are based on the premise that human emotions are connected to human needs, and therefore emotions have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated and worked through, can help people change problematic emotional states and interpersonal relationships. Emotion-focused therapy for individuals was originally known as process-experiential therapy, and it is still sometimes called by that name.
EFT Therapy for Couples
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a type of therapy that is often used for couples experiencing relationship issues. EFT is based on the premise that the quality of a couple's emotional bond is a key factor in their relationship satisfaction and success. EFT aims to help couples improve their emotional connection with each other by identifying and addressing the underlying emotions and attachment needs that drive their interactions.
During EFT therapy sessions, the therapist works with both partners to identify and explore the emotions that are driving their relationship dynamics. The therapist helps the couple to develop a deeper understanding of their emotional needs and vulnerabilities, and to communicate those needs effectively to each other. The focus is on creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment in which each partner can express their emotions and vulnerabilities openly.
EFT Therapy for Individuals
EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) is a type of therapy that focuses on the emotional bond between individuals. EFT aims to help individuals develop stronger and more secure emotional connections with others, and it can be especially helpful for individuals struggling with relationship issues or attachment problems.
During EFT therapy sessions, the therapist works with the individual to identify and explore their emotions, as well as the underlying needs and fears that may be driving those emotions. The therapist then helps the individual to develop a deeper understanding of their own emotions and needs, and to communicate those needs effectively to their partner or others.