Newcomers Programme and Speakers


‘Love and Attachment will Save the World’

Power of EFT in Healing and Growth in a Broken World.

EFT-Newcomers Cohort 30th June-2nd July, 10am-5pm/4pm 2nd Jul (LONDON time)

From wherever you are in the world, via ZOOM


Learn how to work with distressing and ‘difficult’ emotions in

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) approach!

(Go to EFT-Newcomers Registration Form)


Those wishing to proceed to EFT-Trained Cohort (5th-8th July via ZOOM), Catch PREFERENTIAL rates ticket!

[if taken in conjunction with Newcomers Cohort  (on understanding that some material may be at intermediate to advanced level)]

(Go to EFT-Newcomers Registration Form)

30th June-1st July (10am-5pm)

Presentation: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in Action, Road Map to Emotional Healing: An outline of the theory and practice of EFT with Couples & Individuals.

Gulya Diyarova , MSc, Cert. EFT therapist and supervisor, UKCP, Acc. COSRT, ICEEFT, UK.

Laura Vowels

2nd July, 10am-1pm

Presentation: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in Action, Road Map to Emotional Healing: An outline of the theory and practice of EFT with Families.

Laura Vowels , PhD, Cert. EFT therapist and supervisor-in-training, ICEEFT, Switzerland.

2nd July, 2pm-4pm

Presentation: Masterclass: Getting Curious – What just happened there? In Session with EFT couples.

Sandra Taylor , PhD, EFT supervisor and trainer, Acc. BACP, ICEEFT, UK.


Presentation (30th June-2nd July) :
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in Action, Road Map to Emotional Healing: An outline of the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy with Couples, Families and Individuals.

In this excellent introduction to the theory and practice of EFT by Gulya Diyarova and Laura Vowels (on the 2nd July), participants will get a clear sense of what the EFT model is and its well researched effectiveness as a therapeutic approach. Gulya will walk participants through the model’s stages and steps, showing how to focus on the attachment significance of a couple’s struggle and distress, to stay gently and steadily with partners’ vulnerable emotions and fears, and lead them into connectedness and a secure bond with each other.
Participants will engage in experiential exercises, skills and interventions practice, and discussion of clinical examples and video demonstrations of couple sessions.

  • Do your clients question if their partners are there for them?
  • Do they wonder about their partner’s accessibility?
  • Do they question the responsiveness of their partner when they need them?

This attachment-based, experiential, humanistic and systemic model offers a comprehensive theory of adult love, as well as a structured therapeutic “road map” to conflict reduction and the healing of damaged attachment bonds with the aim of creating safe emotional connection between partners.
The model recognises that relationship distress results from an actual, or perceived threat to the basic adult need for safety, security and closeness in intimate relationships. Couples in conflict tend to lose themselves in reactive emotions or withdraw into non-responsiveness and shutting down. Both behaviours become part of a negative cycle that leaves the partners hurt, alone and disconnected.
Using the power of emotion as a target and agent of change, EFT focuses on helping partners re-structure the emotional responses that maintain habitual negative interactional patterns. Once vulnerable emotions are owned and shared by each partner, trust  and meaningful connection can be re-established in a safe way through the  corrective emotional experience that occurs during the session.
A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists, with research studies finding that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery, and around 90% show significant improvement.
This Introductory training will include an exploration of:

  • The key concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • The language of emotions – core primary emotions and attachment needs
  • Understanding of Internal Working Models, Attachment Styles
  • Most common Negative Cycles of relationship distress
  • Stages and steps of the EFT model including the key change events in the process of therapy
  • EFT interventions on the basis of clinical material including video clips of live therapy sessions
  • How to work with the couple’s vulnerable emotions by tracking their underlying interactional pattern and helping them to flexibly manage their emotional experience

Participants will engage in experiential exercises, skills and interventions practice, and discussion of clinical examples and video demonstrations of couple sessions.

Masterclass (2nd July afternoon): Getting Curious – What just happened there? In Session experience with real couple.

Join Sandra Taylor for a vibrant and informative discussion as she shows some video clips of real couple sessions and dives into Whys and Hows of her work, pausing and inviting questions and reflections about what was done and why.
Sandra’s presentation is focused on working with LGBTQ+ people.


Gulya Diyarova

Gulya Diyarova, MSc Tavistock, UKCP, Accred. COSRT, MBACP, ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, director of EFT International School, director of EFT Clinic, London UK.

Gulya Diyarova is an ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused therapist and supervisor, and a psychosexual and relationship therapist. Her first career in Moscow was as a medical doctor, paediatrician and clinical neurologist. She moved to the UK in 1993 and later retrained in Systemic therapy, Psychodynamic approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Early Attachment and Psychopathology, and as a Psychosexual therapist. Gulya was instrumental in bringing EFT to the UK and has been organising EFT training in London since 2009 in conjunction with ICEEFT. She is a founding member of the British EFT Community (BEFT Center). She supervises EFT therapists, leads EFT workshops, CPD groups and Advanced Externship training (Option 1 towards EFT Certification), and has a private practice in London. She is Director of the EFT International School and EFT Clinic in Central London.

Laura Vowels

Laura Vowels, Switzerland, Cert. EFT therapist and supervisor-in-training, ICEEFT

Laura is an ICEEFT certified emotionally-focused therapist and works in private practice with individuals, couples, and families. After finishing her PhD in Psychology in March 2021, she relocated from the UK to Switzerland. She currently works as a junior lecturer/postdoctoral researcher at University of Lausanne, Switzerland whilst seeing her clients privately online. She has been teaching emotionally focused therapy for a couple of years now with the EFT school and also works for a sex therapy app Blueheart as a researcher and advisor.

Sandra Taylor

Sandra Taylor , London, UK, PhD, EFT supervisor and trainer, Acc. BACP, ICEEFT.

Sandra Taylor, PhD, is an EFT Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist based in Lancashire, England. She works in private practice online and her client work is predominantly with LGBTQ+ people, see:
Sandra is a co-founder of the British EFT Centre  and Joint Centre Head.
She trains therapists in Emotionally Focused Therapy in Britain with co-trainer Helene Igwebuike. She is supporting the development of the Polish EFT Community as well as being co-trainer on the first LGBTQ+ focused EFT Externship, London 2022.
​Some of Sandra’s intersecting identities are that she is a lesbian cis-gender white female, disabled and Catholic.
Sandra is a member of ICEEFT – International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and is an accredited member of BACP – the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She previously worked as Director of Relationship Counselling in a national charity, and was a Senior Lecturer providing counsellor training at the University of Cumbria after more than 10 years as an Occupational Therapist in a range of mental health settings.
Sandra is a warm, knowledgeable and engaged trainer with a passion for helping people learn EFT.

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