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Dr. Sue Johnson’s
Emotionally Focused Therapy

What is E.F.T.?

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a well-known humanistic approach to psychotherapy, developed in tandem with the science of adult attachment—a profound developmental theory of personality and intimate relationships. EFT has been rigorously tested in dozens of studies and has consistently demonstrated its fast, effective and long lasting effects on healing trauma, depression, and relationship distress in couples, families and within individuals. This science has expanded our understanding of individual dysfunction and health as well as the nature of love relationships and family bonds.  Attachment views human beings as innately relational, social, and wired for intimate bonding with others. The EFT model prioritizes emotion and emotional regulation as the key organizing agents in individual experience and key relationship interactions.

While EFT is best known as a cutting edge, tested and proven couple intervention, it is increasingly 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 training is suitable for mental health professionals who want to create quick but lasting change in their clients. Learning EFT equips practitioners to deliver psychotherapy using the best techniques currently available.

Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • EFT is based on clear, explicit research-based conceptualizations of individual growth, health and dysfunction and of relationship distress and adult love.
  • EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients, combining experiential Rogerian techniques with structural systemic interventions.
  • Change strategies and interventions are specified.
  • Key moves and moments in the change process have been mapped into three stages of therapy and key change events that predict success at the end of therapy.
  • EFT has been validated by over 30 years of empirical research. There is also research on the change processes and predictors of success.
  • EFT has been applied to many different kinds of problems and populations.

More information about EFT and becoming a certified EFT Therapist is available on the ICEEFT website.

New to EFT? Start with Fundamentals

Looking to elevate your skills and take your practice to the next level?

In just one day, Fundamentals of EFT will demonstrate how Emotionally Focused Therapy provides a map to lasting healing for individuals, couples, and families. Grounded in attachment science, this workshop will provide you with practical tools to guide your understanding and take your first step into the transformational world of EFT.

What is EFT? Learn the fundamentals in this one-day course.

Continue with EFT for Individuals, Couples, Families

EFiT: EFT for Individuals

EFcT: EFT for Couples

EFFT: EFT for Families

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