Emotion Focused Therapy helps build emotional awareness and intelligence. It builds on the principles and values of person centered therapy such as empathy, and the intrinsic value of a human relationship to heal, but offers clients a way of connecting and understanding their emotion processes to foster growth and choice.

How does Emotion Focused Therapy work?

Key to the approach is building a trusting and open therapeutic relationship and both client and therapist working together to understand the client’s experiences. It is both collaborative and facilitative in its approach.

The therapist will support the client through actively following the client’s narrative, identifying key markers and emotional processes along the way. Through a range of focused responses and looking at how the client processes emotions we look to increase awareness of the quality and nuance of emotion.  You will also learn the importance of regulating and soothing emotions and to transform emotions so that we can take better actions and make better decisions for ourselves, our relationships and in our life.

Who is Emotion Focused Therapy suitable for?

As we all feel things to a lesser or greater degree, we can all benefit form learning more about our emotions, when they serve us well or when they keep us stuck or cause us difficulty.  Because the approach is based on a human relationship it offers lots of scope to increase self-awareness and develop strength and empowerment.

What issues or problems are suited to Emotion Focused Therapy?

It can help with a wide range of issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Change and transition
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Reconciling past hurts
  • Anger
  • Trauma

How many Sessions will I have?

You and your therapist will discuss what you hope to get from sessions and then together will agree a good number to start. Your therapist will work with you and as it is a collaborative process you will discuss and review your needs along the way.

Emotion Focused Counsellors at Southside Counselling and Therapy Centre:

Christine King