Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a tried-and-true methodology used with couples. EFIT focuses on helping individual people grow into a sense of secure, positive connection with the self—a self that is fit and vibrantly alive.
This type of therapy is used primarily with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
EFIT is based in attachment theory, a theory about belonging. It speaks to how our primary survival strategy is being wired for emotional connection with valued others. EFIT is grounded first in attachment theory, arguably the most extensively researched science-based theory of personality, growth, and relationships. Attachment theory tells us who we are and gives us a clear map to our deepest human longings, needs, and fears. This attachment map helps the therapist understand where to focus, how to tune in to the client’s world, and how to lead the client through vulnerability to a safe haven of competence and confidence.
EFIT strives not only for symptom reduction, but for personality growth and greater connection with the self and others. This kind of therapy enables clients to be more open and engaged with their inner experience and with other people—to be more alive.