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Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Step-by-Step Approach to Harnessing the Power of Emotion

Even as advances in attachment science have led to an increasing appreciation of the centrality of emotions in human relationships, we still find ourselves often intimidated by the raw power of our clients’ emotions.

Primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and best-selling author of, Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson, shows you how the EFT method illustrates the new science of love and bonding and helps you become more attuned with your client’s emotions that often flare up in session.

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) harnesses the new science of love and relationships. Watch now and be guided step-by-step through the process of helping clients tap into their deepest emotional reserves as a positive force for shaping growth and transformation.


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Susan Johnson, Ed.D.
3 Hours 46 Minutes
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Mar 23, 2018
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Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Johnson receives compensation as a tenured professor for the University of Ottawa. She receives royalties as an author for Little Brown, ICEEFT, Brunner Routledge, and Guilford Press. Dr. Johnson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Johnson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Articulate techniques of EFT to put to practical use in-session to focus on the clients’ emotions versus the content in relation to clinical assessment.
  2. Identify the stages, steps and interventions of EFT and how they relate to case conceptualization.
  3. Describe how to set up new bonding interactions among clients that redefine connection and change working models of attachment.
  4. Instruct the process for facilitating new bonding interactions that promote corrective emotional experiences in clients.


Attachment and EFT
  • Couple and Family Relationships
  • Focusing on Emotion versus Content
    • Dealing with Vulnerability
  • The Problem with Distressed Relationships
    • Conflict in All Relationships
    • Consequences of Suppressing Emotion
Emotionally Focused Therapy Overview
  • The Basics of EFT
    • The Essential Problem in EFT
    • Empathic Responsiveness
    • Empathic Reflection
  • The Dance of Emotion
    • Attachment
The Steps of EFT
  • Corrective Emotional Experiences in Therapy
  • Interpretations
  • Validation
  • Evocative Questions to Ask
  • Basic Emotions
    • Naming Emotions
  • Reframing
Video Demonstration - Couple Session
  • Review and Analysis

Target Audience

Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals



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