The concept of Emotional Therapy was devised over 20 years ago by therapist Alice Crichton, and Psychologist Sheila Ward who, as a result of her training and client work felt there was a more effective approach to those experiencing emotional difficulty.  A retired Chief Superintendent with the police, Sheila was concerned about the way in which people were treated after experiencing traumatic situations and felt there must be a better way, realising that many difficulties people experienced centred around feelings rather than the manifestation of conscious/unconscious activities.  She worked on developing an approach that moved away from the source of difficulties as centred in the mind, and treating them from the point of view of having an emotional base.

Incorporating aspects of the work of therapists such as Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Gerard Egan , Bugenthal, and more recently John Bradshaw and Penny Parks, the founders developed an integrative counselling modality which became established as the Foundation for Emotional Therapy. The Foundation was registered as a charity in 1993, which means it has to satisfy the Charity Commission as to its aims, integrity and the proper use of its resources.  The Foundation is managed by a Management Council and overseen by a board of Trustees whose details appear on the Who’s Who page of this site.

Recently is was felt that our name did not adequately describe the Foundation’s individual counselling model and so a decision was taken to change its name to The Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling.