Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a research-informed, integrative therapy that helps people improve their competence in understanding and processing their emotions, which is referred to as emotional intelligence. In addition, EFT works to transform emotional pain and resolve relational and behavioral problems. EFT emphasizes the importance of emotion in human experience, emotional healing, and positive life change. Emerging from the humanistic-experiential framework, EFT blends person-centered, Gestalt, experiential, and existential theories and techniques. It is also guided by modern emotion and cognition theory and affective neuroscience. EFT is used to work with a variety of client populations in numerous therapeutic settings. Thus far, empirical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of EFT with individuals and couples, depression, complex trauma, and social anxiety. Further research is being conducted to ...

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