Do you find it hard to control your emotions? Do your emotions often dictate your response? Do you wish you had the techniques to harness your emotions and move forward with your life?
If you answered yes to any of the above, I encourage you to explore Emotion-Focused Therapy or EFT.
EFT is an approach to therapy treatment based on the premise that our emotions are a key to our identity and a guide for decision making. When we lack awareness of our emotions or avoid unpleasant emotions, we are unable to use the information provided by these emotions.
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 works with specific emotions to increase adaptation.
If you are seeking help identifying, utilizing and processing your emotions, I encourage you to contact me today. Together, we’ll work on increasing awareness of emotions, separating useful from hurtful emotions and using healthy emotions to guide action.
Contact me today. I look forward to speaking with you about how I can help.
What is Emotion-Focused Therapy?
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals understand and regulate their emotions. The goal of EFT is to help people identify and process their emotions, rather than avoiding or suppressing them, which can lead to emotional regulation, better coping skills, and improved relationships. EFT is based on the idea that emotions play a crucial role in our lives and that when people are able to understand and express their emotions, they are better able to solve problems and improve their lives.
How does Emotion-Focused Therapy work?
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is based on the idea that emotions play a crucial role in people’s lives and that when people are able to understand and express their emotions, they are better able to solve problems and improve their lives. The therapy is designed to help people identify, understand and transform their emotional experiences by working through the underlying issues that contribute to the emotional difficulties.
EFT typically involves several stages, including:
- Assessment: The therapist will assess the client’s emotional experiences, and try to understand the underlying issues that contribute to the emotional difficulties.
- Emotion regulation: The therapist will help the client to identify and regulate their emotions. This includes techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness.
- Emotion exploration: The therapist will help the client to explore their emotions and understand the underlying issues that contribute to them. This includes understanding the triggers for the emotions and the feelings, thoughts and behaviors that are associated with them.
- Emotion transformation: The therapist will help the client to transform their emotional experiences by working through the underlying issues that contribute to the emotional difficulties. This includes addressing the thoughts and beliefs that contribute to the emotions and developing new coping strategies.
- Consolidation and generalization: The therapist will help the client to consolidate the changes they have made and to generalize these changes to other aspects of their life.
EFT is usually short-term, usually between 8 and 20 sessions, and it is an empirically-supported, effective therapy for a variety of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.
When is Emotion-Focused Therapy needed?
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is typically used when individuals are experiencing difficulties related to their emotions. These difficulties can manifest in a variety of ways, such as:
- Difficulty managing emotions: Some people may have difficulty regulating their emotions, which can lead to feelings of overwhelm or difficulty coping with stress.
- Emotional disorders: EFT is an effective treatment for emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety.
- Relationship difficulties: Emotional regulation is a key factor in maintaining healthy relationships, and EFT can help individuals improve their relationships by addressing emotional difficulties.
- Trauma-related issues: EFT can be helpful for people who have experienced trauma, such as physical or emotional abuse, and are struggling with the emotional aftermath.
- Grief and loss: EFT can help individuals process and cope with the emotions related to grief and loss.
- Personal growth and self-awareness: People who are seeking personal growth and self-awareness may find EFT beneficial as they work on understanding their emotions and how they impact their lives and relationships.
It’s also important to note that EFT is not only used for individuals but also in couples therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. It can also be used as a standalone therapy or in combination with other therapeutic approaches.
How much does Emotion-Focused Therapy cost?
The cost of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) can vary depending on a number of factors, including where you live, the therapist’s level of experience, and whether you have health insurance.
On average, the cost of a therapy session can range anywhere from $50 to $250 per hour, depending on where you live, the therapist’s level of experience and the type of therapy. My rates are $140 for the first initial intake assessment and then $130 for each individual therapy follow-up session.
If you have health insurance, check with your insurance provider to see if EFT is covered. Many insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of therapy, but it’s important to check with your provider to understand your coverage.
If you don’t have insurance, or if your insurance does not cover the cost of therapy, there are other options. Some therapists offer sliding scale fees based on your income, and some community health centers offer low-cost or free counseling services. Additionally, some online platforms offer therapy sessions at a lower cost, which can be a more affordable option if you live in an area where therapy is expensive.
It’s important to consider that the cost of therapy is an investment in your mental health and well-being, and that it can be beneficial in the long run.
How long does the Emotion-Focused Therapy process take?
The length of the Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) process can vary depending on the individual and the specific issues being addressed. However, EFT is generally considered a short-term therapy, typically lasting between 8 and 20 sessions.
During the first few sessions, the therapist assesses the client’s emotional experiences and tries to understand the underlying issues that contribute to the emotional difficulties. The therapist then works with the client to help them identify and regulate their emotions, explore the underlying issues and transform their emotional experiences.
The therapist will also help the client consolidate the changes they have made and generalize these changes to other aspects of their life.
It’s important to note that the length of therapy will depend on the individual’s needs and progress, and the therapist will regularly assess the client’s progress and adjust the treatment plan accordingly. Some individuals may find that they need more or fewer sessions than the typical 8-20 sessions.
It’s also important to note that while EFT is considered a short-term therapy, some people may choose to continue therapy for longer periods of time in order to continue working on personal growth and self-awareness. As the client begins to understand and regulate their emotions, they will start to develop new coping strategies.
How do I know if Emotion- Focused Therapy is right for me?
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) can be an effective treatment for a wide range of emotional difficulties, so it may be right for you if you are experiencing difficulties related to your emotions.
If you are having difficulty managing your emotions, experiencing emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety, or have relationship difficulties, EFT may be helpful for you.
If you have experienced trauma, such as physical or emotional abuse, or are struggling with grief and loss, EFT can help you process and cope with the emotions related to these experiences.
If you are seeking personal growth and self-awareness, EFT can also be beneficial as it helps individuals understand their emotions and how they impact their lives and relationships.
Ultimately, the best way to know if EFT is right for you is to talk to a therapist who is trained in this approach. They will be able to assess your needs and help you determine if EFT is the right fit for you. It’s also important to have open communication with your therapist and being honest about your expectations and goals, so together you can create a plan that meets your needs.