Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 361–372 | Cite as

Managing Emotional Responses in Therapy: An Adapted EFT Supervision Approach

  • Kristy L. SoloskiEmail author
  • Sharon L. Deitz
Original Paper


Therapists often encounter experiences in therapy that elicit emotionality, this could be in the form of self-of-the-therapist issues, compassion fatigue, or professional burnout. Whereas approaches to supervision for self-of-the-therapist issues recognize the need for accessing the supervisee’s emotionality, approaches have not focused on how the clinical and professional system could also be part of the cycle. We propose an adapted emotionally focused supervision approach that employs steps one through six of the EFT model. To display how this approach would work, we provide the example of work with longer-term clients. Working with longer-term clients can be a challenge for many therapists, and both the professional and client system come with factors increasing emotional risk to the therapist. Engaging the therapist’s emotionality through supervision has the potential to improve therapeutic outcomes, as well as reduce loss of good therapists in the field to professional burnout.


Compassion fatigue EFT Long-term therapy Self-care Self-of-the-therapist Supervision 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  3. 3.Miami UniversityOxfordUSA

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