Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST)

EFST addresses a need in the Emotion Focused World and in the world of individuals and groups looking to broaden, deepen, and at the same time simplify the application of Emotion Focused teaching and learning.

EFST emerges out of Dr Joanne Dolhanty’s pioneering work empowering parents to adopt a significant role in the recovery of a loved one suffering from a mental health problem.

EFST has a simple format, with applications to parents, families, schools, and a variety of health and mental health contexts. It also has applications that provide the opportunity for therapists to deepen and expand their Emotion Focused skill set and develop mastery in the experiential skills of the emotion focused approach to therapy.

EFST focuses on Navigating Emotions, Enhancing Motivation, and Transforming Relationships.


EFST is an Emotion Focused training program to:

Broaden the application of Emotion Focused skills so that a wider population can benefit from the transformations of Emotion Focused learning and experiencing

Deepen the skill acquisition and skill refinement of those learning as well as those already expert in one of the Emotion Focused Therapies

Simplify the structure and lay-out of Emotion Focused teaching, to minimize learning challenges, improve skill acquisition and enhance competence in any population that undertakes its learning