Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Beginning a Discussion Through an Emotion-Focused Therapy Lens

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Dr Toni Tidswell

I have been interested in the influence of spirituality in the therapy room for as long as I have been a psychotherapist. This includes spirituality as a personal commitment either within organised religion or as a purely personal way of being, and either a commitment of a client or therapist, or of both. Recently a colleague, Sue Olds, proposed a one-day workshop on Spirituality and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (IEFT), and we presented the workshop together in 2013. In 2014, I presented further material on this topic at the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) conference in Sydney, and this article puts together those presentations and some further reflection. I am conscious that there is a scarcity of research with a specific focus on spirituality and EFT, and I hope by offering this paper, I can give more impetus to the discussion and research on this topic.

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