As stated by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a well-known humanistic approach to psychotherapy formulated in the 1980’s and developed in tandem with the science of adult attachment, a profound developmental theory of personality and intimate relationships. 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.
EFT is best known as a cutting edge, tested and proven couple intervention, but it is also 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.
In simpler terms, EFT is highly successful therapy model that helps people understand the negative patterns that they develop within themselves, within intimate partnerships, and/or within family relationships. Once the negative patterns are understood, then new positive relational patterns are established that help provide great healing of deep attachment wounds. EFT Therapists love this therapy model, because they now have a clear roadmap for helping heal lives and relationships.
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