and Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT) is a type of therapy that focuses on helping individuals to better understand and express their emotions, and to create more secure emotional bonds with others. This approach to therapy has its roots in humanistic psychology, which emphasizes the unique experiences and subjective perspectives of each individual.
EFT was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Les Greenberg in the 1980s, and has been heavily influenced by attachment theory, which posits that individuals have a fundamental need for close, emotionally-significant relationships. This emphasis on attachment is reflected in EFT's focus on helping individuals to develop more secure and emotionally-resilient relationships with their partners, family members, and friends.
In addition to its humanistic and attachment-based roots, EFT also incorporates elements of systemic therapy, which emphasizes the interconnectedness of individuals within their social and familial contexts. This means that in EFT, therapists work with individuals to help them understand the impact of their relationships on their emotional well-being, and vice versa.
As an experiential therapy, EFT focuses on helping individuals to process and make sense of their emotions through direct, in-the-moment experience. This means that EFT often involves experiential exercises and techniques that help individuals to connect with their emotions and to better understand how these emotions are influencing their thoughts and behaviors.
Overall, EFT has been shown to be a highly effective form of therapy for a wide range of emotional and relationship difficulties. Some of the key benefits of EFT include improved emotional regulation and expression, increased intimacy and connection in relationships, and increased emotional resilience and stability.
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