Welcome to Southern California Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy
Located in Los Angeles
The Institute's primary focus is to promote the application and training of Emotion Focused Therapy, and to create a community of EFT practitioners and scholars in California.
Emotion Focused Therapy is an empirically-supported, evidence based psychotherapy approach that views emotions as centrally important in human functioning and therapeutic change. EFT was initially developed by Dr Leslie Greenberg, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Elliott and Dr. Laura Rice (for individual therapy) and Dr. Sue Johnson (for couples' therapy). An emotion focused approach is based on methods designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of and transform emotions and develop much deeper empathy as a path to health and well-being in individuals and couples.
Emotion Focused Therapy is Effective in Treatment of:
Emotion Focused Therapy is basically suitable for all problems in which emotional dysfunctions are the main focus. This can be the difficulty
experiencing emotions, regulating emotions, dealing with emotions or tolerating them.
Dysfunctions can also arise from experiencing maladaptive (not helpful) emotions such as shame, guilt inadequacy, self-denial, self-insecurity, mistrust, fear, anger, impotence, jealousy, helplessness, or hopelessness.
EFT has been effective in treatment of the following disorders/difficulties:
- anxiety disorders (panic, agoraphobia, constraints)
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- eating disorders
- borderline personality disorder
- difficulties in the partnership / couples therapy
- self-uncertainty or low self-esteem