What is Emotion Focused Therapy?

PEEFT or more commonly referred to as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) integrates experiential perspectives, cognitive science, existential thought and contemporary emotion theory.  It develops emotional intelligence, integrates experience and offers restructuring and transformation.

PEEFT was developed by Les Greenberg, Laura Rice and Robert Elliot in the 1980’s. The quality of the client-therapist relationship was emphasised and experiential techniques including Gendlin’s Focusing (working with the felt sense) and Perls’ Gestalt therapy (empty or two-chair work) are utilised.  It is a proven effective technique of understanding the physiological, cognitive and emotional aspects behind symptoms and resolves maladaptive emotions in the present moment.

Emotions are seen as information providers, they tell us what is important and whether things are going our way, they are efficient, automatic signalling systems that involve us identifying our wishes and needs that subsequently lead us to adaptive action. Emotions help us integrate experience by giving meaning, value and direction through best counselling services Melbourne.

Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused practitioners work within a person-centred approach, attuning with their clients whilst being directive of process.  PEEFT is suitable for children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, families, schools and organisations.  It is manualised and has an expanding popularity, recognition and evidence base, including for depression. EFT is listed by the APA (and the APS) as an empirically supported treatment for depression.

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