Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
EMOTION FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT): AEDP & ISTDP
Many people express a sense of knowing what they want to do but not feeling capable of carrying it out. This is often a result of unconscious anxiety and defenses, which create a barrier between what we know intellectually and what we feel experiential. My primary theoretical orientation is a research-based, emotionally focused therapy with my primary area of study and practice being AEDP: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
Based on early experiences in life, we often learn that certain emotions are “bad” or off-limits. When these taboo feelings are activated, they may trigger conscious and unconscious anxiety, causing us to become disconnected and split off from parts of ourselves. Using Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) we can monitor and regulate anxiety, in order to gain greater access to our true selves and the healing properties of being deep, authentically connected.
The focus of EFT is bridging the disconnect between the intellect and the intuition through the deep experiencing long-suppressed emotions such as anger, joy, and grief. Using these principles, we can together identify and break down unconscious defenses and anxiety, allowing you to become free of the harmful, self-protective strategies that cause feelings of isolation, numbness or confusion and contribute to the development of unhealthy relationships that fail to meet your true needs.
This powerful approach can restore your capacity to experience joy and intimacy in relationships and can transform a sense of helplessness into a state of strength, mastery, and vitality.