Emotion Focused Counselling & Psychotherapy in Adelaide

I am on leave until January 2018 and not taking on any clients, please use the site as a resource in the meantime. Re-opening Wednesday 10th January

E F Counselling is conveniently located in Glenelg next to 2 hours free parking.  I provide practical, safe and well structured sessions for individuals and couples looking for help with relationship and other concerns.  E F Stands for Emotion Focused as I have received extensive training in this therapeutic approach. 

Becoming aware of emotions and expressing them when safe to do so can help foster understanding and empathy for self and others.  Learning to regulate feelings and hold reactivity allows for a deeper sharing and connection with self and loved ones.  I hold Clinical membership of PACFA (The Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) reflecting my experience and expertise in this field. 

Emotionally Focused Counselling & Therapy is an evidence based approach and has been found to be particularly effective for couples experiencing relationship distress.  My sessions are well structured and practical giving couples and individuals the necessary skills and opportunities to move out of relationship pain and experience positive and healthy relating.

What is Emotionally Focused Counselling & Psychotherapy?

Emotionally Focused Counselling and Therapy is an experiential, holistic and creative approach focusing on the feelings, thoughts and behaviours of the client.  It was founded by Dr Les Greenberg and his colleagues in the 1980s, a professor of Psychology and Director of The Psychotherapy Research Clinic at York University in Toronto, Canada.  My training at The Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy in Sydney is grounded in Greenberg & Susan Johnson's theoretical approach whilst also incorporating ideas from psychodynamic, gestalt and attachment theory. 

EFT can help to identify and remove some of the fixed patterns of relating you may have developed and minimise the emotional blocks that are preventing you finding happiness and security within yourself and with others. 

It is a systemic approach that involves clients becoming aware of the interactions between themselves and others and how certain behaviours can repeat over time leading to a frustrating sense of feeling stuck and fixed in assumed roles and positions that may not be serving you well. 

Whilst being mindful of the way a client relates to others EFT also focuses on the internal world of a person and the type of relationship they have with themselves and how this inner self has developed over time and been affected by previous adult and childhood experiences.  Re-experiencing the past, when appropriate, and in the safety of a well established therapeutic relationship can help to heal past hurts and promote authentic relating with self and others.

Couple or Marriage Counselling can help partners to stop the exhausting cycle of conflict and arguments where issues never seem to get resolved. Anger, blame and criticism can leave you feeling unsupported, insecure and lonely as you wonder how things could have got this bad.

You or your partner may cope with this conflict by withdrawing into silence or feeling resentment and anger about how you are being treated. Couple Counselling can help to break the destructive cycles of conflict so both parties can start to listen and hear one another again allowing for more healthy communication and a renewed feeling of connection and intimacy.

Relationship Counselling can help you explore what you are looking for in a relationship if you are single, dating, separated or divorced. Maybe you have experienced a series of relationships where you have ended up feeling taken for granted or struggled with commitment to another person.

You may have been very hurt by a previous partner and sabotage current relationships due to a fear of being abandoned or rejected. Or there may be a history of trauma or grief in your past which makes it difficult to trust or open up to another person.

Even if you are currently in a relationship you or your partner might be experiencing personal problems such as anxiety, depression, low self esteem or the habitual use of alcohol or drugs which is putting pressure on your relationship. You may need Counselling at this time to share your fears and find strategies to manage these troubling symptoms.

If you are experiencing any of the above problems then read on to find out how Relationship or Couple Counselling can help support the changes you want to make.