For therapists learning Emotionally Focused Therapy, supervision is vital to applying and deepening your practice of EFT. In a collaborative and safe supervisory relationship, you will become more proficient in learning this model of therapy that can seem so simple, yet can be quite challenging to apply. I know first-hand how rewarding it is to grow in your competence and confidence in applying EFT effectively so that your clients can heal. I love helping other therapists grow and I strive to be the safe person you will need to help you do this work.
Just as EFT has its own model of therapy, it also has its own model of supervision. In EFT supervision, the goals we may focus on can be explained through the use of the acronym "ACES".
A - Alliance: The basic building block of EFT supervision is developing a secure supervisory alliance just as we help our clients to have a secure, trusting alliance with the therapist.
C - Conceptualization: For this goal the EFT supervisor has a more traditional, didactic stance that focuses on helping the supervisee understand the model and where they are with a couple or client in the model.
E - Experience: The emphasis here is on developing the supervisee’s ability to work with emotion and facilitate couples’ bonding events. It moves beyond merely understanding concepts and putting the theory into practice. This may involve role-playing or watching recorded videos of your work with clients together.
S - Self-of-the-Therapist: The EFT supervisory experience mirrors the EFT therapeutic process. We want to support supervisees in understanding how their own experiences operate in the work, and how to work authentically and with integrity. This means that, to be an effective EFT therapist, supervisees need to successfully identify and process their own emotions and attachment needs and how those needs get triggered and affect therapy.
I provide individual as well as dyadic EFT supervision. I am an ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor and am also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS) in the state of NC, as well as an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education. Please contact me at email@example.com to set up a time to talk. I’d love to support you in becoming an effective and confident EFT therapist.
"I am so grateful to Maria and the way that she has helped me improve myself as a therapist. Her knowledge of the EFT model and her ability to see the attachment frame has helped me feel more confident in my work and overcome my natural tendency to shy away from emotional expression in my sessions. She is responsive and engaged as a supervisor and truly epitomizes the essence of EFT!"
-Valerie Peterson, LCSW
"I am continually learning and growing from my EFT supervision with Maria Wood. She provides great encouragement as I learn this difficult, yet effective, treatment model for couples. Maria is gentle and affirming in her recommendations for deepening client’s emotional experiences, staying in the process, and recognizing couple’s cycles. I highly recommend Maria as an EFT supervisor and know that she is a great therapist."
-Kelly Harrison, MA, LMFT, LPC