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Supportive Online
Emotion-Focused Therapy
| New Jersey |

Introduction to Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT operates on the premise that emotions play a pivotal role in shaping our identity and daily choices. Key assumptions of EFT include:

Emotional awareness is vital for well-being.
Evading emotions can result in adverse life consequences.
Continual neglect of emotional responses can hinder future emotional processing.
A therapist proficient in ECT aids clients in recognizing and comprehending their emotions, providing tools to navigate and manage them effectively.

Emotion-Focused Therapy states that...

  • Emotional awareness is essential for mental health.
  • Avoiding emotions furthers emotional pain.
  • Persistent neglect of emotional responses can impair future emotional processing.


A therapist skilled in EFT aids clients in recognizing and understanding their emotions, offering tools to navigate and manage them effectively.

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What to Expect in Emotion-Focused Therapy

In EFT sessions, both the therapist and client collaboratively work towards therapeutic goals. The therapist assists clients in deciphering their emotions rather than imposing interpretations.

The therapist's role in EFT

  • Listening with empathy.
  • Listen without judgement
  • Using a reflective approach to pose questions and further deepen client’s insight
  • Recognize and understand their emotions.
  • Welcome all emotions without bias.
  • Express emotions freely.
  • Manage emotions to prevent overwhelm.
  • Articulate feelings comprehensively.
  • Grasp the underlying reasons for specific emotions.


Subsequent therapeutic steps encompass:

  • Differentiating between helpful and unhelpful emotions.
  • Leveraging emotions to guide actions.
  • Pinpointing the sources of unhelpful emotions to then transform them.
  • Developing effective coping strategies.
  • Establishing balanced thinking and self-talk to counteract negative thoughts.

Core Skills for Positive EFT outcomes

  • With increased self-awareness and acceptance, clients will arrive to their emotions with understanding and insight.
  • Clients will be able to use their emotions as information to foster positive growth and change


Successful  Emotion-Focused Therapy is marked by:

  • Broadened emotional awareness.
  • Improved emotional regulation and coping techniques.
  • Flexible Thinking

EFT for Various mental health needs

Emotion-focused therapy for Anxiety

EFT empowers individuals to discern between beneficial and detrimental emotions, enhancing emotional self-regulation. Additionally, clients who are experiencing anxiety tend to having symptoms of rumination, worry and rigid thinking. EFT helps clients to break patterns of thinking through increased awareness of the thought, deep understanding of the associated emotions and intentional refocusing through coping, soothing and acceptance. 

Emotion-focused therapy for Depression

Utilizing EFT for depression can help clients to face daily challenges proactively while mitigating depressive symptoms. Becaase EFT focuses on understanding emotions and their influence on behaviors, individuals with depression may find that EFT helps to break negative thinking cycles that lead to lower mood and fatigue.

Limitations of Emotion-Focused Therapy:

Often, EFT is used after a client has worked through more intense or pervasive challenges. Therapists at Mind by Design find that EFT tends to compliment therapy after CBT skills or DBT skills are mastered. 


Some of the limitations include:


Limited in Scope: EFT might not be the comprehensive solution for specific issues like panic or impulse control, which span thoughts, feelings, and sensations beyond emotions. EFT is not typically used for PTSD or addiction due to limitations of reach within the bounds of EFT.


Commitment: EFT demands genuine commitment and openness from the client for optimal results. 


Residual Symptoms: While EFT aims to enhance overall well-being, some mental health symptoms might linger. In such instances, a qualified provider should be actively assessing efficacy of treatment and ensuring your needs are met. 

FAQs about online therapy

How do I get started as a new client?

Do you offer traditional talk therapy?

of course! though we have some unconventional therapy approaches, we are rooted in evidenced based practices. Talk therapy is a major player in the therapy room! See What we Treat and Integrative Services for more information

Does my insurance cover my visits?

Uur goal it to decrease stress and anxiety, so we understand that the financial commitment to therapy is something to consider! We provide OON billing for clients who decide to bill their insurance for services. A “Superbill” can be provided to you for potential reimbursement of services. To know if you have to OON benefits, you can call your insurance company and ask about the process of receiving these benefits. 

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What is the difference between associate therapists & fully licensed therapists?

See our “Affordable Therapy” Page for info on licensing and costs of therapy.

 LAC/LSW are therapists who may practice clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed therapist.

LPC/LCSW are therapists who have completed the necessary clinical hours post-graduation under supervision and can practice clinical work independently.

What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that clients provide at least 24 hours notice in the event that they need to cancel to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. we understand that life happens and do our best to be flexible & reschedule.

What is Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT)?

VRT is an immersive tool that helps clients to explore environments that can not be traditionally explored in therapy. Visit our VR page for more info and to watch our infomercial 

What is VRT used for?

we use VRT to support Exposure Therapy, a long standing traditional therapy modality to treat phobias, anxiety and stress. we send a headset directly to your home so you can access VRT from anywhere.

VRT not only helps with exposure therapy for phobias, but is great for ADHD, mindfulness, PTSD and social anxiety.

How does the process work?

  • Fill out a consult request below or reach out to us directly.
  • our phone number is 609-300-6481, call or text
  • MBD will respond within 24 business hours
  • You will get access to the patient portal to complete the intake paperwork
  • Once the paperwork is submitted and reviewed we confirm your intake appointment
  • Prior to your intake, you will receive a link to access the telehealth session.

Do You Offer Free or Reduced Therapy?

Yes! We offer a sliding scale as well as reduced fee therapy for clients working with out graduate interns. To learn more visit: Reduced Fee Therapy