What is Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)?

Borrowed from the ICEEFT Website:

EFIT is an attachment science-based approach to individual therapy that, like the other EFT interventions, EFCT for couples and EFFT for families, offers an integration of humanistic experiential interventions focused on reshaping intrapsychic experience and systemic interventions focused on reshaping patterns of engagement with significant others. Emotion is given precedence across treatment modalities given its powerful role in structuring both inner experience and motivation and key interactional patterns in relationships. Emotion links and organizes core experience and interaction.

Therapists trained in EFT have been using the model with individuals since the beginning, but EFIT has validated the work and the ongoing research continues to show that EFIT is an effective treatment modality for individuals just as EFCT was for couples.

Goals of EFIT:

  • To offer corrective experiences that positively impact models of self and other and shape stable, lasting change.
  • To offer transformative moments where vulnerability is encountered with balance.
  • To enable clients to move into the accessibility/openness, responsiveness and full engagement that characterizes secure attachment with others.
  • To enable clients to shape a coherent sense of a competent self that can deal with existential life issues and become a fully alive human being.

Sue Johnson has written a great overview of EFIT for therapists and is available here.

A summary of Sue Johnson’s interview with Psychology Today about her newest book, A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) –  Cultivating Fitness and Growth in Every Client, can be found here.

If you would like to learn more about EFIT and/or attend a Level 1 or Level 2 training, check the event listings on the ICEEFT website.

Are you looking for a therapist trained in EFIT? Check our Find an EFT Therapist page for Pittsburgh area clinicians trained in EFIT, or check out ICEEFT's therapist directory.

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