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Emotion-Focused Therapy

The transforming power of affect

A 1-day seminar with Professor Leslie Greenberg

Saturday 14 July 2018 - London

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach developed by Professor Leslie Greenberg and colleagues that views emotions as centrally important in human functioning and in therapeutic change. It is an integrative, neo-humanistic treatment based on a program of psychotherapy research that began in the 1970s. It integrates Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential Therapy traditions with a psychodynamically informed approach, all within an emotion theory and neuroscience perspective that views emotion as a source of meaning, direction and growth. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, complex trauma, eating disorders and couple distress, as well as interpersonal problems and problems in living.

From the EFT standpoint, change occurs by helping people make sense of their emotions through awareness, expression, regulation, reflection, and transformation, in the context of more general change principles. These include a therapeutic relationship that is characterised by a therapist who is actively engaged, emotionally present, empathically attuned, and who offers positive regard and unconditional acceptance. The approach combines empathic following with marker-guided, differential interventions that facilitate emotional change processes.


Professor Leslie Greenberg
Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto, where he was the Director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic. He is the originator and developer of Emotion-Focused Therapy and has authored the major texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment. He is the senior author of the original texts on the treatment of individuals and couples, such as Facilitating Emotional Change (1993) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (1988). More recent books include Emotion-focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love and Power (2008), Emotion-Focused Therapy: Theory and Practice (2015), Emotion-focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings (2015), and Emotion-focused Therapy of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (2017). Dr Greenberg has published extensively on research on the process of psychotherapeutic change. He received the Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, an international interdisciplinary society of which he is a Past President, and he is a founding member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He received the Canadian Psychological Association Awards for Excellence in Professional Training and for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession. He was the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research and the Carl Rogers Award from the APA Society for Humanistic Psychology. He is on the editorial board of many psychotherapy journals including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and trains practitioners in emotion-focused approaches... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £130
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End