According to the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), EFT is described as:
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a humanistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy, drawing primarily from attachment theory to facilitate the creation of secure, vibrant connection with self and others. Rooted in the science of emotions and attachment, EFT helps clients identify and transform the negative processing and interaction patterns that create distress. It’s effective in treating individuals (EFIT), couples (EFCT), and families (EFFT), addressing a wide range of issues from marital distress to individual anxiety and trauma.
For therapists, EFT offers a clear, structured path to helping clients. It focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and awareness, enabling therapists to guide clients in recognizing and expressing their emotional needs more effectively. By fostering a secure attachment bond, EFT enables clients to respond to their partners and family members in healthier, more constructive ways.
The modality’s efficacy is well-supported by empirical, peer reviewed outcome research, making it a credible and respected approach in the therapeutic community (From ICEEFT website on What is EFT).
I'm a certified EFT therapist and supervisor with many years of experience working with diverse couples and families. I also supervise other clinicians learning this model. My experience of EFT is that it gets to the heart of the matter quickly, and helps couples and families start to understand their dynamic that is not working well, and start to co-create a new and positive dynamic with each other. If you are interested in learning more about EFT, feel free to emailing me at [email protected] or clicking on the appointment request page and contacting me.