Mission Statement

The Alaska EFT Community serves as a group of psychotherapists in Alaska who promote secure, resilient and successful relationships between partners and within families. Our mission includes the further expansion and refinement of the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model through process and outcome research. Another central aspect of our mission is to educate health professionals and to increase public awareness about the efficacy of EFT and its role in strengthening relationship bonds.


Our vision is to expand, grow and support the EFT community in Alaska.


We adhere to the philosophy that relationships are at the core of human experience. Research indicates that emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral components of mental and physical health, and that emotionally focused interventions have the power to establish and recreate supportive bonds among individuals. We are therefore dedicated to the understanding and enhancement of couple and family relationships through an emphasis on emotions and their interpersonal impact. We believe that all people can maximize their potential given a nurturing social environment, which we endeavor to foster in our work with clients.

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

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

Our connections with one another will be characterized by teamwork that is:

  • Supportive
  • Open
  • Collaborative
  • Trusting

Our connections with the community will be characterized by:

  • Leadership / vision
  • Dedication to ongoing discovery and research
  • Passionate teaching
  • Supportive supervision and training
  • Collaborative consultation
  • The advancement of effective psychotherapy
  • Public awareness and education