WHAT IS EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY?
STANCE ON DIVERSITY
As a member of the Emotionally Focused Therapy community, our objective is to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to create meaningful connections with one another. In all areas of our work, we seek to embody what we hope to see in the world – a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves whole-heatedly – where people can embrace their most basic universal human attachment needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health, physical character or disability. These values are innate in the attachment science and humanistic approach to intervention from which our work has developed and grown. Specifically, humanistic approaches such as EFT are collaborative and respectful. We cultivate safety for people and treat them as persons not problems, types, or diagnoses. Our approach is non-pathologizing in practice. Our values are inclusive and egalitarian while viewing human connection as sacred – something to be honored, nourished, and reciprocated. Our scientific and theoretical base outlines key universals, emotion and attachment, while respecting individual differences.