Supervising Emotionally Focused Therapists: A Systematic Research-Based Model

Authors


  • Lisa Palmer-Olsen, PsyD, Clinical Director of the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Alliant International University; Lisa L. Gold, PhD, Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, Founder and Clinical Director of Desert Vista Counseling Services; Scott R. Woolley, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Systemwide Director, MFT Graduate Programs, CSPP, Alliant International University; Executive Director, Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy at Alliant, Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer.

Address correspondence to Lisa Palmer-Olsen, PsyD, Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy at Alliant, 10065 Old Grove Rd. Suite 102 San Diego CA 92131; E-mail: lisapalmerolsen@gmail.com

Abstract

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically validated relational therapy that recognizes the complexity of couple’s therapy and supports the need for specialized training of therapists. Until now, there has been little research on effective methods for EFT supervision and no systematic model for conducting EFT supervision. The findings of a qualitative study of certified EFT therapists’ experiences with EFT supervision and training are presented in this study, along with a systematic model of EFT supervision. The model of EFT supervision is based on the findings of this study, relevant research regarding effective clinical supervision, and the authors’ experiences with EFT supervision. This model of EFT supervision is isomorphic to the clinical practice of EFT, in that it is theoretically grounded in attachment theory and emphasizes experiential and emotionally based processes.

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