Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is a treatment model first developed for individuals struggling with an eating disorder and their families. It has since been adapted for a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders, as well as parent-child relationship difficulties.
EFFT is rooted in the deep belief in the healing power of parents and caregivers. As such, the goal of EFFT is to support parents and caregivers to take on the dual roles of recovery coach (with respect to problematic symptoms and patterns of behaviour) and emotion coach (with respect to emotion “processing”). If appropriate, parents and caregivers are also taught how to facilitate the healing of emotional injuries in the family’s past, including relationship repair.
EFFT is a lifespan approach that is built on the framework that difficulties with emotion are at the root of many mental health issues and relationship difficulties. The ability to have a healthy relationship with ones emotions is the treatment target in EFFT – a model that can be delivered with individuals only, parents and caregivers only, and with families. The treatment approach incorporates the principles and techniques of 1) behavioural family therapy, 2) traditional emotion-focused therapy, 3) motivational enhancement therapy, and 4) the New Maudsley family skills-based approach.
We are pleased to offer Emotion-Focused Family Therapy at our Aurora location, facilitated by Molly Pocklington Thompson MSW, RSW. To sign up for the Winter 2014 session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as our Fall group filled up fast! For details please visit http://www.edoyr.com/support-groups.html