Emotion-Focused Family Therapy

This conversation took place the 10th October 2016.
Main Topics were:
1. What is Emotion-Focused Family Therapy
2. What are EFFT distinctive features?
3. What are EFFT clinical Applications ?
4. How difficult can the work with parents be?
5. How is the EFFT training?

Joanne Dolhanty  visits Lisbon in May 2017 for a 4Day workshop training on EFFT. You are welcome!
Dr. Joanne Dolhanty, PhD, C. Psych, is a supervising and consulting clinical psychologist and trainer for mental health organizations across Canada and internationally. With Dr. Leslie Greenberg she developed the application of Emotion-Focused Therapy to Eating Disorders, and is the co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. Her focus is on building capacity and expertise in communities of clinicians. Dr. Dolhanty is known for her lively, warm, and engaging teaching style; for making complex concepts accessible to learning; and for delivering training that facilitates both practice change and personal growth.
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Joanne Dolhanty: Part I – process the motion blokcs that keep the parent from engaging in their own natural empathy and natural motivation

Joanne Dolhanty: Part II – When parents apologize to their children they forgave themselves ...

Joanne Dolhanty: Part III – “- Don’t touch the babies. You are now teachers. Teach the parents”

Joanne Dolhanty: Part IV – because we know the only way to change emotions, is with emotion. Not with lecturing, right?

Joanne Dolhanty: Part V – But who is behind the critic, in one way or another? It’s the unfinished business with the parent!

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Some hits in the conversation:

If you believed you were going to be successful in this treatment program, in recovering from anorexia, you were. If you believed you weren’t, you weren’t
You guys what is that you feel so not able to do?” And you can guess already... – “Handle the emotions that come back !
But put that person in the other chair and.. a absolute powerhouse emerges!
why are we framing self-efficacy has a cognitive variable? Why don’t we frame it as an emotion variable?
“What happens when you tell the voice to go away, or not obey it?” Everyone will tell the same: “It screams louder!”
we have never found a parent without an inner voice that says: “You know what you did”. So that conversation, as we know in EFT, is always between the self and the self
but the real part was .. “process the emotional blocks that keep the parent from engaging in their own natural empathy and natural motivation.”
And what we found is .. when parents apologized to their children, they forgave
and he says: “The best gift we can give our children is our own happiness!”
“If you have a starved anorexic, and a parent whose brain is more or less nourished, which brain would you rather work with?”
The parent going to their loved one with emotional self-eficacy has power on two levels
He went in and he said to the nurses: “- Don’t touch the babies. You are now teachers. Teach the parents”.
when you stop avoiding, when you process emotion, you get healing
there are three distinct components: recovery or behavior coaching, emotion coaching and relationship repair
And we know that testosterone and shame don’t go very well together. It’s a toxic combination.
And it shifts something, because we know the only way to change emotions, is with emotion. Not with lecturing, right?
“what is the self saying to the self?” Once I hear that conversation, then we have a conversation.
What would they say? They’ll say: “Please help my dad. Please don’t give up on him.”
But who is behind the critic, in one way or another? It’s the unfinished business with the parent!
That’s why I am so obsessed with self-efficacy! If it’s a belief, rather than courage.
we all think that we know how to validate, but validate again, is simple, but easy not to do!

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