Introduction to Emotion-Focused Work

Emotion Focused therapy is generally described as a humanistic or neo-humanistic process-experiential approach to therapy that has evolved from client-centered, gestalt and existential therapies. The core values in humanistic psychology, an optimistic view of human nature that emphasises the subjectivity and self-reflective nature of clients, underpin Emotion-Focused therapy. Emotion-Focused therapy is also regarded as a contemporary process-experiential approach, recognising the importance of the relational conditions required for accepting and prizing clients and creating a safe working environment. In addition to the non-directedness or following from client-centered therapy practitioners also employ a more leading role to help clients focus on emotional experiences in-session. 

The focus of treatment is emotional experience with the activation and processing of emotional experiences that can lead to the transformation of emotion schemes. Initially Emotion-Focused therapy has been depicted as a manualised short-term treatment, appropriate for individuals and couples. At the Institute Emotion-Focused psychotherapy has been developed from clinical practice and research that extends Emotion-Focused work from short-term treatment to longterm treatment for attachment and other traumas.


The focus of the online journal for Emotion-Focused Practitioners (EFT-Online) is to promote and disseminate information for practitioners to facilitate their clinical work and this can include general or topic-specific articles as well as practitioner or pure research in the broad field of counselling and psychotherapy. This journal aims to provide practitioners with an opportunity to consider their work and build their practices as a result of informative, clinically informed work written in a way practitioners can read and absorb.
This journal will publish:
• Practitioner articles
• Theoretical essays
• Experiential case-studies
• Practitioner research featuring qualitative, or mixed-method approaches
• Interviews of practitioners
• Book reviews
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