Do you become overwhelmed by your emotions? Do your emotions often dictate reactions rather than calm responses? Clinicians can teach strategies to utilize strong emotions as information, to learn to self regulate and within relationships, to co-regulate and hopefully experience more peace or ease both internally and in relationship with others.
EFT is an approach to therapy treatment based on the premise that our emotions hold valuable information and can be a guide for decision making. When we lack awareness of our emotions or avoid unpleasant emotions, we are unable to use the information provided. Learning when we are activated, how to self regulate and move forward in more productive ways.
EFT helps individuals to:
- Become more aware of their emotions
- Welcome, allow and regulate emotions
- Describe emotions clearly and in detail
- Evaluate whether the emotions are helpful or hurtful
- Identify the source of unhelpful emotions
- Develop alternative, healthy ways of coping with situations that often elicit hurtful emotions
Unlike other therapeutic approaches, EFT assumes that emotion can be a source of healing and impetus for helpful adaptation.
Clinicians can help clients identify emotions and their possible source, regulate them and increase the ability to utilize emotions in the service of more helpful and adaptive behaviors.
Emotion Focused Therapy is used in individual, couples and family work,