This community was born out of a desire to know that we are not alone in this precious and sacred work of helping people in their most important relationships.

And now we know from science that EFT is the most effective couples therapy around and the only therapy of any theoretical orientation or modality that can help people actually change their attachment style (which impacts everything!) to gain secure attachment!

Thus, the EFT Italy Community was born in 2019 (December 7 is our birthday!) so that we can fan the flames of this powerful therapy in our country, strengthen each other, and know that we are not alone!

Mission and Vision Statement

Here you are welcome!
Whether you are in a non-binary, two-spirit gender body, female or male. Whether you are gay, lesbian, trans, pansexual, bisexual, queer or heterosexual.
Whether your body seeks comfort and connection through religion or spirituality.
Whether you are indigenous, black, brown, Latino, Asian, or white.
Whether your body has seen many years or few.
Whatever the limitations of your body, you are welcome here.
Whatever background you come from. Welcome!
Our goal is to create a safe learning space for all.
We invite you to bring your whole self, your whole humanity, without fear of being discriminate.
We want you to feel welcome!
We will share this space and learn from each other!

This welcome phrase is inspired by Robin William Blake & Lorrie Brubacher and taken up and rewritten by EFT Quebec

Considering that relationships are at the core of the human experience, and that the last 35 years of research on relationships indicate that emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral to mental and physical health, and that emotionally focused interventions have the power to establish and recreate supportive emotional bonds between people, we support the development of a culture of connection as a social and human resource in the face of the difficulties of existence, through the creation and development of a cohesive, loyal, mutually supportive, collaborative community of EFT therapists that provides a secure foundation for developing this powerful clinical approach.

We are, therefore, committed to understanding and improving couple and family relationships by emphasizing emotions and their impact at the interpersonal level.

Indeed, we believe that all people can maximize their potential if provided with a nurturing social environment, which we seek to foster in our work with our clients and within the community with our colleagues.

You are invited to join and grow with us!

In light of these guiding principles, our therapeutic contact with clients will be characterized by:

Respect, collaboration, empathic responsiveness and authenticity

Interventions based on the highest ethical standards

Interventions based on current empirical research

Siete invitatə a unirvi e crescere con noi!

In light of these guiding principles, our therapeutic contact with clients will be characterized by:

  • Respect, collaboration, empathic responsiveness and authenticity
  • Interventions based on the highest ethical standards
  • Interventions based on current empirical research

EFT Italy leadership

Giulia Altera

President and Community Leader for EFT Italy for Emotionally Focused Therapy. – Trainer, Supervisor, and Certified Therapist in EFT through ICEEFT

Andrea Pagani

Vice President for EFT Italy, Trainer, Supervisor, and Certified Therapist in EFT through ICEEFT.

ICEEFT Stance on Diversity

We aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. In all facets of our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world — a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully — where people can embrace their most basic universal human attachment needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health, physical character or ability. These values are inherent in the attachment science and humanistic approach to intervention that all our work is based on.

Specifically, humanistic approaches such as EFT are collaborative and respectful. We create a safe place for people and treat them as persons, not problems or types. Our approach is non-pathologizing in practice.

Our values are inclusive and egalitarian while viewing human connection as sacred — something to be honoured and cultivated.

Our scientific and theoretical base outlines key universals, emotion and attachment, while respecting individual differences.

ICEEFT Position Statement on Diversity and Racism

At the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) we are dedicated to developing secure, resilient individuals and successful trusting relationships between partners and within families across the globe. As such, we stand against all forms of racism and discrimination and stand in support of the Black community. With new eyes, we condemn the abhorrent impact of systemic racism in our world, our societies, and in our own organization.

We are committed to listening, learning and growing, so that we can better embody our values of inclusion, equality and diversity. We can and will do better. As a community, we commit to becoming an anti-racist organization, working in close collaboration with our Diversity Committee, as well as with members in our community who have experienced marginalization. Together we will fight racism, both as a principle and as a tangible reality in our training programs, our clinical work and our interactions with communities across different countries and cultures.

Our renewed aim is to share our expertise and knowledge in the service of healing racial trauma, helping people value differences while affirming our common humanity. We will take a more focused and deliberate action to welcome and promote greater openness and compassion in all our endeavors.

With inclusion, equity, and diversity as foundational values, our work will continue to remain grounded in attachment science which asserts that we are all wired for connection and share common needs to be seen, valued and supported by others.

With so much to learn we will remain curious and committed to our aspirations to become an equitable organization where everyone can thrive—until we get it right. Working together we will get there.