Emotion-Focused Therapy

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Emotion-Focused Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) proposes that emotions have an adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change. This view of emotion is based on the belief that emotion, at its core, is an innate and adaptive system that has evolved to help us survive and thrive.

Emotions are connected to our most essential needs. They rapidly alert us to situations important to our well-being. They also prepare and guide us in these important situations to take action towards meeting our needs.

Clients are helped in therapy to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotions. As a result, clients become more skillful in accessing the important information and meanings about themselves and their world that emotions contain, as well as become more skillful in using that information to live vitally and adaptively.

Leslie Greenberg

In the 1980s, Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. asked the question – “What makes people change in therapy?” And this fundamental question led him to develop the principles of EFT and the interventions. He is the Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is Director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic

He has been the senior author on the original texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples: Facilitating Emotional Change (1993) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (1988). More recent books include Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to work through their Feelings (2002), Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression (2006), and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power (2008).