EFT-Trained Programme

6th EFT International Summer School 2021 in London, UK

Heartache, Healing & Hope

EFT-Trained Cohort: 7th-10th July

Via Zoom – 2pm-8pm (London time)

With Dr Sue Johnson, founder of EFT
on the Future of Psychotherapy (Live Webinar with Q&As)!

Open to all qualified psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists practicing EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) approach, or familiar with the model at least at an Introductory level.

All 4-Day and Block 1 participation (Note LONDON time):

7th-8th July (2pm-8pm, till 5.30pm on the 8th July)

Addressing Addiction, Fostering Secure Attachment with Emotionally Focused ‘Therapy for Couples‘.

With Michael Barnett, PhD, LMFT, LPC, USA

Psychotherapy with couples is both multi-layered and complex, often challenging the most skilled of therapists. In this fast-paced, technology-driven era that we live in, where true connection is often at a premium, substance use has escalated to epidemic proportions. It is not uncommon for couple’s therapists to be confronted with the additional challenge of contending with a pernicious “third-party” that lurks within distressed relationships: Addiction. Although we have the superb modality, EFT, to help couples find their way to genuine, loving communion with one another, addictions present very significant obstacles to effectively working with couples that seek our services. In this two-day experiential training, we will create a safe environment together to explore specific ways to tailor EFT skills and interventions to better address the impact that addiction has on the couple therapy process.

This interactive workshop will use role-plays, video clip demonstrations, and didactic material for discussion and exploration.

EFT Therapists will learn:

*  An overview of addictive processes; physical, relational, and emotional

*  How to understand addiction through the attachment lens

*  How addiction impacts the system: Ways to place addictive behaviors into the negative cycle

* The impact of addiction on emotional fluency and process

*  Leveraging attachment processes to break through addictive denial

*  The high prevalence of attachment injuries and other relational trauma where addiction is present.

Program Objectives:

  1. Describe the relational, and emotional function of addictive processes
  2. Describe and identify addiction through the lens of attachment theory
  3. Describe how addiction organizes the relational system
  4. Describe how to integrate addictive behaviors into the negative interactional cycle
  5. Identify the impact of addiction on emotional processing
  6. Describe working within the window of tolerance to safely process emotion
  7. Utilize EFT to break through addictive denial without shaming and confrontation
  8. Utilize an attachment-based understanding of the impact of addiction on the brain and relationships.
  9. Describe how to clinically alter the basic EFT assessment process to better work with addictive processes
  10. Demonstrate how to assess for contraindication when addiction is present in the couples process.
  11. Identify personal biases that alter presence when working with clients on the addictive continuum
  12. Apply EFT specific prescriptive interventions to stabilize addictive processes in the couple therapy addiction.

All 4-Day, Block 1 and Block 2 participation:

8th July (6pm-8pm LONDON time)

‘The Future of Psychotherapy – Attachment Science in Action’

featuring Dr Sue Johnson (her health permitting), Canada, developer of EFT, live webinar with Q&As  from participants.

It has been acknowledged for many years that the field of psychotherapy is in chaos – so many therapy models, diagnoses and disorders, and micro-interventions. Attachment theory and science offers us the long awaited straight path home to clarity, integration and order in our field. Attachment now offers us a map, an empirically tested map, to the emotional life and stuck places of adults and the dramas that shape their sense of self and how they relate to others. This presentation will outline the implications of attachment theory for psychotherapy and use the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy with individuals, couples and families to illustrate those principles. A series of key interventions will be outlined.

Sue Johnson presentation will be based on her exciting and innovative new book, “Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families”.

There will also be time for questions to Sue and further discussion supported by Gulya Diyarova, Sandra Taylor and Helene Igwebuike.

All 4-Day and Block 2 participation (Note LONDON time):

9th-10th July (2pm-8pm, till 5.30pm on the 10th July)

“Sex as a Safe Adventure: connecting sexually and emotionally through EFT”

with Zoya Simakhodskaya, PhD and Michael Moran (10th July), LCSW, CST, USA.

Many couples presenting for couples therapy may complain of sex issues: discrepancies in desire, lack of attraction or sexual compatibility, arousal or orgasm problems, or challenges in the bedroom after having children, going through infidelity or in the wake of trauma, or considering and dealing with insecurity around non-monogamy. From the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy, such complaints are most often part of an underlying lack of security and bond in the relationship caused by the negative cycle between partners.  At times, as the partners de-escalate and become more secure, sexual issues remain unresolved.  Yet, many EFT therapists lack knowledge and skill in the area of sex assessment and intervention. Introduction to up to date research on sexuality relevant to EFT work with couples will be presented.  You will learn how to do a thorough assessment of the negative relational and sexual cycle so you can skillfully use EFT interventions to help couple move toward de-escalation. This workshop will also address how to integrate psycho-education and simple behavioral sex therapy interventions as couple begins to move into Stage 2, while at the same time to continue building secure bond through increased vulnerability.  This workshop will include lecture, video examples, and experiential exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name different models of sexual response.
  2. Participants will be able to apply techniques of sexual assessment in EFT treatment
  3. Participants will be able to identify negative cycle around sexual issues in Stages 1 of EFT
  4. Participants will learn how to effectively use Stage 2 EFT interventions around sexual issues to create more secure bond in couples that leads to greater sexual fulfillment.


Basson, R. (2000). The Female Sexual Response: A Different Model.  Journal of Sex &Marital Therapy, 26:1, 51-65.

Birnbaum, G.E., Reis, H.T.,  Mikulincer, M., Gillath, O., & Orpaz, A. (2006). When sex is more than just sex: Attachment orientation, sexual experiences and relationship quality.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 21-35.

For All Participants – EFT-Newcomers and EFT-Trained Cohort

10th July (6pm-8pm London time)

Bonus session – only £25

“Should I stay… Should I go…?” Working with Highly Ambivalent ‘Split Agenda’ Couples: Discernment Counselling and EFT.

With  Gulya Diyarova, London, UK, MSc Tavistock, Cert. EFT therapist and supervisor,UKCP reg., Acc. COSRT, BACP, ICEEFT

The dirty little secret of couples therapy is we have great models and protocols that work for couples who want to actively work on their marriage.’ (Bill Docherty, founder of Discernment Counselling).

  • What happens when one person is mostly out the door and the other is desperate to save the marriage?
  • Whose agenda do you go with?
  • Do you say you can’t help them until they decide what they both want?
  • Or do you just start couples therapy in the hope that the leaning-out spouse will come around?

Discernment Counseling (DC) is a safe place for partners who may be in very different places: one leaning out the door, potentially confused and feeling guilty, and the other partner leaning into the marriage, perhaps frantic, angry, and dysregulated. This protocol protects the couple from drifting into half-hearted couples therapy, a premature divorce or a divorce that leaves one partner baffled on what exactly happened.

This presentation will explore how DC protocol can be integrated into EFT approach, where the two meet successfully to help couples, and a therapist, get out of this crucial dilemma, without ‘taking sides’ or feeling a failure, but learning something valuable about themselves, the relationship and then decide on the right direction for the couple.

Times (LONDON time): Days to run from 2pm till 8pm on all days.

(To check the time in your timezone click here)

Registration and the Schedule:

– Registration for 4-Day and Block 1 participants – Wed 7th Jul at 1.30pm
(the training will run 2pm till 8pm)
Thurs 8th Jul – 2pm till 8pm

– Registration for Block 2 participants – Thurs 8th Jul 5.30pm

– Friday 9th Jul- 2pm till 8pm,
Saturday 10th Jul – 2pm till 5.30pm

For All participants – EFT-Newcomers and EFT-Trained:

Bonus session “Discernment Counselling and EFT” (just £25) on the 10th July (6pm-8pm)


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