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What is Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT): A Deep Dive

Welcome to another installment in our series exploring various therapeutic modalities offered by the dedicated team at Your Story Counselling. In this article, we'll delve into the world of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), shedding light on its principles, history, and how it can be a transformative journey towards emotional well-being.


What is Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)?

 Emotion-Focused Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a form of psychotherapy that centers around emotions, aiming to help individuals understand, manage, and transform their feelings for improved mental health. This therapeutic approach places emphasis on the importance of exploring and processing emotions as a means to foster personal growth and enhance interpersonal relationships.

Brief History of EFT

Leslie S. Greenberg
Susan M. Johnson

Developed in the 1980s by Leslie S. Greenberg and Susan M. Johnson, Emotion-Focused Therapy has evolved into a widely recognized and researched method. It originated as an intervention for couples but has expanded to address a spectrum of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.

Unlike traditional talk therapies, EFT recognizes the power of emotions in shaping our experiences and behaviors, and it provides practical strategies to work through these emotions effectively.

How Emotion-Focused Therapy Works

How Emotion-Focused Therapy Works

In EFT, the therapeutic journey begins with acknowledging and understanding one's emotions. The process involves exploring the underlying feelings, identifying patterns, and transforming maladaptive emotional responses. EFT operates on the belief that by embracing and processing emotions, individuals can develop healthier coping mechanisms and build more secure emotional connections.

What Does Emotion-Focused Therapy Look Like in Practice?

What Does Emotion-Focused Therapy Look Like in Practice?

During Emotion-Focused Therapy sessions, individuals learn to identify and express their emotions in a safe and supportive environment. Therapists guide clients in understanding the messages conveyed by their feelings, facilitating a deeper connection to their emotional experiences.

EFT interventions may include techniques such as guided imagery, role-playing, and experiential exercises designed to explore and modify emotional responses. The ultimate goal is to empower individuals to navigate their emotions more effectively, fostering resilience and promoting mental well-being.

Key Takeaways from Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotional Exploration: EFT encourages individuals to explore their emotions, fostering self-awareness and understanding.

Transformation of Patterns: Through therapeutic interventions, EFT helps individuals transform maladaptive emotional patterns into healthier responses.

Interpersonal Connection: EFT recognizes the impact of emotions on relationships, aiming to strengthen emotional bonds and create a more secure connection with others.

Interested in Learning More about Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)?

If you are intrigued by the principles of Emotion-Focused Therapy and want to explore how it can benefit you, consider reaching out to our team. Discover the power of emotions in shaping your narrative and embark on a journey towards enhanced emotional well-being.


Still eager for more insights? Connect with our therapists and experience the transformative potential of Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Therapists that are trained in EFT, Click to learn more!

Alana Sham
Diane Hua Stewart

Linda Thai
Zahra Eizadi

Yukta Gupta
Ratanak Ly

MacGyver Kou


Judy Lui

Judy is the founder and clinical director of Your Story Counselling Services, A private practice clinic in Vaughan Ontario servicing individuals, couples, and families across the Greater Toronto Area. As a Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, Judy is passionate about creating change and making mental health services more safe and accessible to the public. Judy believes in working collaboratively with others so that they can get back to themselves and their preferred way of life and living.

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