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The road to certification

EFT is regulated by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) to ensure that therapists intervene under specified standards of practice. Certification as an EFT therapist is a gauge of recognition that the therapist has acquired the credentials set forth by the ICEEFT organization, which are pursued separately after the obtainment of a graduate diploma in psychotherapy, social work, or psychology.

Why pursue certification?

Pursuing certification as an EFT therapist should be seen as a journey of professional development and growth rather than a finality. It is a process through which therapists will increase their learning of EFT, hone their EFT skills, and expand their self-confidence and sense of competency.

What is the process of certification?

Certification can be achieved for becoming an EFT therapist or an EFT supervisor. The process for becoming an EFT therapist has been reviewed in 2024 and now involves three streams of certification for each modality: individual (EFIT), couple (EFCT), and family (EFFT) therapy. The requirements to apply for certification are summarized in the table below.

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Therapist checklist (to be completed by therapist)

Skills guidelines (to be completed by EFT supervisor)

The EFT supervisor now plays a central role in assessing whether or not an EFT therapist meets the requirements for certification. For more detailed information on the certification process, we invite you to consult your EFT supervisor. 


See the ICEEFT website for all the requirements of your application package:

or to find an EFT supervisor:

How we can support you on your journey

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Support groups

Click here for more information on our upcoming support groups.

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Foundations of EFT

Click here for the next scheduled EFCT Externship and EFIT Essentials trainings.

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Skills' mastery

Click here for the next scheduled core skills training.

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