EFT gives individuals an opportunity to learn how to tolerate and regulate, reflect on emotions in order to make sense of them and mostly transform them. It systematically meant to help clients be aware and make their emotions be of productive use.
Emotion-focused therapy has its principal of change that it mainly works on Clients have to change after going through EFT. It makes people who attend the session to discover their past experiences and takes through a process of change. Some clients who go for EFT have had past painful experiences that arouse emotions. The therapists use experimental methods to teach clients to make health contacts with physical sensations, memories, feelings, and thoughts that have been ignored in the past. EFT provides resources that can transform maladaptive emotions developed from traumatic experiences (Greenberg, Carlson, American Psychological Association, &. Governors State University 2007).
EFT has been noticed to work for different individuals and populations. Initially, it was meant to advise couples. EFT’s primary goal over time has been to reorganize and expand emotional responses. EFT outlines emotional responses that are classified into four types: primary adaptive responses that are initial emotions to a given stimulus. They include sadness, anger, and fear. Primary adaptive emotions are expressed to help to solve problems. Primary maladaptive is an emotional response to a stimulus that is from an experience that was traumatic in the past. Treatment, in this case, will aim to transform the individual’s emotions through taking them through new experiences (Power, Philippot, Hess, &. Wiley InterScience (Online service) 2010).
The third response is a secondary reactive emotion response that responds to past emotional responses and replaces it. It is associated with a feeling of hopelessness, desperation, and even helplessness. The therapy will help increase awareness and address primary and adaptive emotion responses. The forth emotional response is instrumental which is a result of learning from the experience of others. Therapy is conducted to make the clients aware of their personal functions (Power, Philippot, Hess, &. Wiley InterScience (Online service) 2010).