Emotion-focused therapy (or “EFT”) is an experiential therapy that helps individuals experience, express, understand, and regulate their emotions.
Due to our upbringing or the beliefs we’ve developed about various emotions, we may tend to suppress them or consider them invalid. We often fear certain emotions and when we experience them, we feel out of control.
Conversely, these same emotions can provide valuable information for us. By learning to tolerate and express our emotions, we gain a greater understanding of our needs. For example, if we feel angry for being unfairly treated, we assert ourselves to protect our boundaries.
There are times, however, when we also experience emotions that do not help us but which, in fact, cause us greater distress. These emotions need to be processed and transformed. Therapy can provide a safe place to explore the range of emotions and help individuals, experience, express, regulate, and transform them.