Why Emotion-Focused Therapy?
The emotional system has evolved to help us survive - when this system is functioning effectively, our emotions alert us to important information in our environment, helping us to respond in adaptive ways that are aligned with our needs, values and goals. For example, feelings of anger can help us to assert boundaries, and feelings of sadness can help us connect with the need for self-care.
Our attitudes to emotions and emotional coping styles are shaped by cultural and societal factors, as well as our unique formative experiences. Many people struggle with their emotions - we can feel overwhelmed by emotional experiences, get stuck in emotional states such as chronic anxiety, anger or shame, or feel disconnected and shut off from our emotional lives.
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a powerful evidence-based approach that helps people identify, understand, express, manage and transform their emotions. EFT can help you to develop greater awareness of your emotional experience as well as the skills to regulate and cope with difficult or intense emotions. This approach can shift longstanding maladaptive/unhelpful emotional patterns, enhance your relationship with yourself and others, and facilitate effective and long-term change.
Anna has achieved full accreditation as an EFT practitioner via the Australian Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy (AIEFT). For more information about EFT, please see the AIEFT website.
Emotion-focused therapy can treat:
stress and anxiety
difficulties connecting with self and others
food and body image concerns
Emotion-Focused Therapy Resources