Emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT) is an approach to family therapy whereby parents are viewed as essential to their children’s mental health treatment. The primary aim of EFFT is to recruit and empower parents to engage in a primary supportive role in helping their child to cope with and/or recover from their behavioral and emotional challenges. Although empirical research is limited given its relatively brief existence, preliminary outcome and process research show promise among a variety of clinical populations and research is ongoing.
Emotion-Focused Therapy “family” is rooted in a deep and unwavering belief in the healing power of families, the essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a significant role in their loved one’s mental health and well-being. The therapist’s role would then be to empower and support caregivers in mastering the skills, tasks, and feelings involved in four main domains: