The Role of Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy


  • Carmen Hurduc (Zalum) Danubius University of Galati


emotion; cognition; emotional regulation; therapy; flexibility


Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a experiential psychotherapy, integrative,
transdiagnostic, humanistic, evidence-based therapy, that has proven effective in treating a wide range
of problems and client populations. In this article I will present theories of emotion-centered therapy
about human functioning, psychological dysfunction and psychotherapeutic change, which is based on
the central role of emotion. Emotion-centered therapy has the task of helping clients to process emotion,
primarily by overcoming secondary, symptomatic emotions and also to reach more constructive,
fundamentally sensitive emotions and to develop new emotion-based narratives. Results: The research
was conducted on two case types using emotion-focused therapy, and the results were that people can
change by accepting and experiencing emotions, confronting them with different emotions to transform
them, and reflecting on them to create new narrative meanings. Conclusions: Given the results
presented, we can say that emotion-focused therapy has a significant effect on reducing clients’
emotions, helping clients to process emotion primarily by overcoming secondary, symptomatic
emotions and developing new emotion-based narratives.

Author Biography

Carmen Hurduc (Zalum), Danubius University of Galati

Student, 2rd year, Faculty of Behavioural and Applied Sciences, specialization Psychology


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How to Cite

Hurduc (Zalum), C. (2024). The Role of Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy. New Trends in Psychology, 6(1), 7–13. Retrieved from