Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is based on the findings that have now garnered ample empirical evidence that emotions influence thought and behavior, which is contrary to the view that the best way to change emotions is by changing thoughts. EFT proposes that the best way to achieve enduring change in cognition, behavior and interaction is by changing emotion with emotion. EFT has developed methods based on over 30 years of research on how people change in therapy to help people become aware of, express and regulate emotion in order to better tolerate and utilize its offerings, reflect on emotion to make sense of it, and transform it by both accessing alternate opposing emotion and having corrective emotional experiences.

The practice of Emotion-Focused Therapy is grounded in its neo-humanistic perspective, its basis in research, its person-centered but process-guiding relational stance, its therapist exploratory response style, and its marker-guided task strategy. EFT is now recognized as evidence based treatments for depression, for couple conflict and there is also growing evidence of its effectiveness for trauma, interpersonal problems and eating disorders.

The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, in co-operation with the Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic of York University (, has actively organized workshops and training programs in Emotion-Focused Therapy in Hong Kong since 2004. Over the past decade, the EFT approach has been widely discussed and increasingly adopted by social workers, counselors, psychologists, and mental health practitioners in different clinical settings. The 2014 Conference on Emotion-Focused Therapy: Ten Years in Hong Kong aims at providing a valuable platform for clinicians to keep abreast of the application of Emotion-Focused Therapy and to consolidate our experience and expertise in working with different people.


1. To promote awareness of the importance of working with emotions

2. To enhance effectiveness of local practitioners in working with people in different settings with the application of Emotion-Focused Therapy

3. To encourage networking for local practitioners