An online journal for Emotion-Focused practitioners

EFT-Online is an online journal for practitioners in Emotion-Focused work. The EFT-Online journal was established and developed in collaboration between the trainers at the Annandale Institute. It is an international, peer-reviewed journal which aims to contribute to the practice of counselling and psychotherapy in Emotion-Focused work. The EFT-Online will publish counselling and therapy articles, case-studies, and practitioner-based research featuring single-case studies, qualitative or mixed-method approaches. 

EFT-Online encourages practitioners in particular as well as trainers, researchers, students and educators to submit articles for publication. The editorial group aims to encourage aspiring authors to contribute to the sharing of information relevant to practitioners. The editors will encourage articles that inspire the reader, written in easy English and/or employing creative methods of writing. 


Journal Volumes

The EFT-Online Journal consists of separate volumes of articles and research that focus on specific themes. While further information relating to EFT-Online can be read below, if you just want to dive straight into the journal entries themselves you can do so via the following links: 

 - Journal Volume 1 : Emotions, Therapy & Institutions  

 - Journal Volume 2 : Emotions, Emotional Signatures, and Self-Reflection  

 - Journal Volume 3 : Spirituality and Culture

- Journal Volume 4 : Relationships


Introduction to Emotion-Focused Work 

Emotion-Focused therapy is generally described as a humanistic or neo-humanistic process-experiential approach to therapy that has evolved from client-centered, gestalt and existential therapies. The core values in humanistic psychology, an optimistic view of human nature that emphasises the subjectivity and self-reflective nature of clients, underpin Emotion-Focused therapy. Emotion-Focused therapy is also regarded as a contemporary process-experiential approach, recognising the importance of the relational conditions required for accepting and prizing clients and creating a safe working environment. In addition to the non-directedness or following from client-centered therapy, practitioners also employ a more leading role to help clients focus on emotional experiences in-session. 

The focus of treatment is emotional experience with the activation and processing of emotional experiences that can lead to the transformation of emotion schemes. Initially Emotion-Focused therapy has been depicted as a manualised short-term treatment, appropriate for individuals and couples. At the Institute, Emotion-Focused psychotherapy has been developed from clinical practice and research that extends Emotion-Focused work from short-term treatment to long-term treatment for attachment and other traumas.  

Journal Purpose

The purpose of EFT-Online, the online journal for Emotion-Focused practitioners is to encourage practitioners to write about their experiences and their discoveries in clinical practice as well as practice-based research. 

Submission Requirements

Articles for the EFT-Online (10,000 words maximum inclusive of references) and an abstract not exceeding 200 words are to be submitted electronically to the Editorial Panel, c/o Dr Michelle Webster at Michelle@Annandale.net.au

  • Manuscripts must be formatted as a Word document or similar (Microsoft or Macintosh compatible).

  • Authors should include a separate page with manuscript title, name(s) of author (s), and contact information (postal and email addresses, phone, fax). Author identification should not appear on the manuscript itself.

  • Upon submission, the manuscript should be completed with references and tables and figures (if any), and follow APA style (6th edition).

  • As the EFT-Online is peer-reviewed, authors must be prepared to address comments and make required changes to their manuscripts.

  • Prior to publication, the author or authors will be required to sign the Grant of an Exclusive Licence to the publisher of EFT-Online, the Online Journal for Emotion-Focused Practitioners in accordance with the Copyright Policy.

  • Once the article is accepted for publication, the author (or first author if the article is a co-authored submission) will be notified of an approximate publication date, whereupon it will be understood that permission to print is granted (unless the author and/or co-authors withdraw). Upon publication EFT-Online holds copyright of the article.

Editorial Panel

The editorial panel for the EFT-Online will be the training staff at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. To begin the journal, the editorial group will be Dr Michelle Webster, Maria Gray, Clare Stapleton and Lisa Champion.


The focus of the online Journal for Emotion-Focused Practitioners (EFT-Online) is to promote and disseminate information for practitioners to facilitate their clinical work and this can include general or topic-specific articles as well as practitioner or pure research in the broad field of counselling and psychotherapy. This journal aims to provide practitioners with an opportunity to consider their work and build their practices as a result of informative, clinically informed work written in a way practitioners can read and absorb.

This journal will publish:

• Practitioner articles
• Theoretical essays
• Experiential case-studies
• Practitioner research featuring qualitative, or mixed-method approaches
• Interviews of practitioners
• Book reviews
• Yakkety-Yak in the Comments section


Journal Volumes

The journal volumes published thus far can be viewed via the following links: 

 - Journal Volume 1 : Emotions, Therapy & Institutions  

 - Journal Volume 2 : Emotions, Emotional Signatures, and Self-Reflection  

 - Journal Volume 3 : Spirituality and Culture

- Journal Volume 4 : Relationships

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