Emotion Focused Therapy ( Eft ) Essay

1715 WordsNov 22, 20167 Pages
One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943) Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that views emotions as a primary form of intelligence that determines the experience of self, others, and the environment. During the therapy, EFT helps clients to accept, identify, explore, regulate, make sense of their emotions, and subsequently transform and manage them. This paper aims to analyze Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) in relation to psychological trauma. After an overview of its history and foundations, we will present its assessment of nature of health, psychological disturbance, and therapeutic change. Furthermore, the treatment model and an evaluation of EFT will be provided. Emotion-Focused Therapy: history and foundations Emotion-Focused Therapy was developed in the early 1980s by Sue Johnson and Leslie Greenberg to provide a clear framework for working with emotion in couple therapy. (Karris & Caldwell, 2015, p. 346). In working with distressed couples, Greenberg and Johnson noted that those people were overwhelmed by intense emotions that keep them fixed into malicious pattern of interactions (as cited in Karris & Caldwell, 2015, p. 347). The priority of EFT was to identify the negative interactional cycle early in treatment and, then, access “on each partner’s unexpressed underlying emotions” (Johnson and Greenberg, 1988, p. 29) that are hidden from the self and the
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