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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 involves the following:

  • EFT externship: this is a 4-day training in which therapists will acquire the theoretical foundations of EFT

  • Core skills: over four 2-day trainings, therapists will review the EFT theory while improving and deepening their knowledge of EFT across various experiential learning techniques (role plays, live demonstrations, videos, group discussions)

  • EFT supervision: a minimum of 8 hours of individual supervision with an EFT supervisor is required

  • Submitting the certification package: application package must include two therapy excerpts demonstrating the therapist’s ability to work in both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of therapy

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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EFT externship

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EFT core skills

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