Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents

Family sitting on couch with therapist - Emotion Focused Skills Training for Parents (EFST) is available at The Therapy Centre with locations in Toronto, Oakville and Hamilton (GTA)

The primary goal of EFST is to empower parents to feel confident as active, primary agents in guiding their loved one of any age through the behavioural, emotional and relational challenges of everyday living. It is a research-based model that has been clinically tested in supporting parents and caregivers of individuals facing a wide variety of mental health issues including but not limited to eating disorders, substance use, depression, anxiety, life transitions, sibling conflict, emotional dysregulation and suicidality.


Navigate Emotions – Enhance Motivation – Transform Relationships

  1. Navigate the world of emotions and develop self-efficacy in working with emotion
  2. Enhance motivation-to-change with emotion focused techniques
  3. Transform relationships with emotion focused tasks

EFST is a skills-based approach focused in emotion processing. The Emotion-Focused Skills NET provides parents with a variety practical tools that can be immediately implemented within the family.  The use of these tools help parents to stop walking on eggshells, feel more confident supporting their loved ones through painful and overwhelming emotions and often lead to an increase in flexibility and openness to parent involvement. It is a model that believes in the healing power of parents and that empowered parents can then empower their loved ones in their own journey to wellness.