Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an approach to Psychotherapy that focuses on emotions, as they arise in therapy, and how these emotions change. Clients learn to regulate or become more aware of emotions, determine whether they are helpful or unhelpful, and increase awareness of the messages they contain and the steps needed to move forward.

During EFT clients are often asked to explore their experience with a sense of curiosity and discovery. This may involve role-playing or enacting certain situations or relationship dynamics and can be quite an engaging and eye-opening process. Emotion-Focused therapists are responsible for maintaining a safe pace in the way experience is explored and for facilitating a productive process.

Dr. Hurley is a trained as a Level III Emotion-Focused Therapist through York University Psychology Clinic. She is also trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, as well as individuals who have experienced childhood trauma and neglect. EFT focuses on the evolving process in psychotherapy, rather than an intellectual or abstract dialogue about experience. The relationship between client and therapist is a crucial factor in EFT and potential clients are encouraged to seek a therapist with whom they feel comfortably challenged.