Why Emotion-Focused Therapy?
Our emotional system evolved to help us survive - when this system is functioning effectively, our emotions alert us to important information, helping us to respond in helpful ways that are aligned with our needs, values and goals. For example, feelings of anger can help empower us, while feelings of sadness can help us grieve.
Our attitudes to emotions and emotional coping styles are shaped by cultural and societal factors, as well as our unique formative experiences. We often struggle with our emotions. We can become emotionally overwhelmed. We can get stuck in chronic states such as anxiety, anger or shame. Or we can feel emotionally disconnected and shut down.
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a powerful evidence-based approach that helps people identify, manage, appropriately express, and make sense of 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 unhelpful emotional patterns, enhance your relationship with yourself and others, and facilitate long-term change.
Anna has achieved 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