In individual therapy sessions I work with my clients to help them resolve past issues, heal from past hurts and develop personal insight and healthy coping strategies. Our sessions will provide you with a safe, calm, confidential space in which to do this important work.
I practice Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) which is a unique empirically-based approach, based on methods designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of and transform emotion.
Recent years have seen a growth of EFT in individual and couples therapy, both because of its status as an evidence-based treatment, and also because the EFT approach focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and on the importance of secure relationships.
EFT has been demonstrated as an effective treatment for a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harming behaviour, relationship distress and in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood trauma.
The EFT perspective is that most fundamentally, emotions tell us what is important to us in a situation and thus act as a guide to what we need or want. This, in turn, helps us to figure out what actions are appropriate. Emotions are basically adaptive and guide attachment as well as the tendency toward growth. EFT focuses on helping people become aware of and express their emotions, learn to tolerate and regulate them, reflect on them to make sense of them and transform them.
Based on emotion, attachment, and growth theory, EFT helps people identify which of their emotions they can trust and rely on as adaptive guides and which of their emotions are residues of painful memories that have become maladaptive to the person’s current context and need to be changed. With the help of the therapist’s empathic understanding and the use of experiential methods, clients learn how to make healthy contact with feelings, memories, thoughts, and physical sensations that have been ignored or feared and avoided.
By accessing adaptive emotions such as healthy grief, empowering anger, and compassion, people are able to use these as resources to transform maladaptive emotions such as fear, sadness of abandonment and shame of inadequacy that have developed from past negative learning or traumatic experiences.(Reference: http://www.emotionfocusedclinic.org/whatis.htm)
This short video does a lovely job of explaining emotions and shows how EFT therapy works with emotions to promote change:
I am lucky to have studied EFT with its originator Dr. Les Greenberg at York university. I have attended two intensive EFT Institutes totalling over 60 hours of training under the direct guidance and tutorage of Dr. Greenberg. Therapists from around the world travel to these trainings and leave with the skills necessary to guide clients through the powerful change process that is EFT.
Learn more about Dr. Greenberg here and watch Dr. Greenberg explain EFT in his own words below.
Please contact me to arrange an initial therapy session, or to set up a free consultation so we can discuss working together. I look forward to connecting with you.