Emotion Focused Therapy
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is an empirically supported humanistic psychotherapy that focuses on the transformation of emotion with emotion. Emotions are believed to be the key to produce long-lasting therapeutic change in a person. Clients undergoing EFT are helped to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotional experiences.
Emotion-focused couples therapy (EFCT) is a short term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to facilitate both intra-psychic and inter-relationship issues with couples. Intra-psychic issues involve the processing of the individual's experience,which includes the processing of his/her emotions. Inter-relationship issues involve the examination of the couple's interaction cycles.
EFCT aims to bring the past alive through reenacting emotional experiences in a safe and structured environment. It is believed that the past validates present day fears, blocks and styles of relating, which then fuels conflict within a marriage. If there is to be long-lasting change in a couple's interaction cycle, emotions must be engaged and activated because it creates a softening in the relationship to make new interaction cycle possible.
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