Speakers EFT-Trained Cohort

5th EFT International Summer School 2020 in London, UK

“From Shattered Attachment to Recovery and Growth”

EFT-Trained Cohort: 7th-10th October

Moved On-line – 2pm-8pm BST each day

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.

Dr Sue Johnson, founder and director of ICEEFT, Canada, live webinar with Q&As ‘The Future of Psychotherapy – Attachment Science in Action’

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 Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
Sue’s newest book, Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families, shows the promise of attachment science in terms of making sense of and repairing our most precious relationships and thriving as strong resilient individuals. Attachment science offers us the most potent model for therapeutic change, especially when dealing with anxiety and depression, and that, of all models of intervention, EFT most closely captures the essence of the attachment perspective. It targets the defining feature of survival-oriented human connection, namely strong emotion, and systematically shapes core bonding interactions with others.

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, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue was appointed in 2017 as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour recognising outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honoured by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has been adapted and developed into a relationship education and enhancement program. This Hold Me Tightâ program has been translated into numerous languages and also adapted for specific groups such as for couples facing heart disease, for families with teens, and for Christian couples, and is also offered in an online format.

Her book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains counsellors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 65 international institutes and affiliated centres who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs, the U.S. and Canadian military, and New York City Fire Department.

She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband. She adores Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.


  • Order of Canada – Awarded 2017
  • Family Psychologist of the Year award – American Psychological Association (APA), Div. 43 – 2016
  • Invited to give the 21st John Bowlby Memorial Lecture at the John Bowlby Memorial Conference 2014, London, UK
  • Professional Training Award – American Association for Marriage And Family Therapy – 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Awarded by the Belgium Association for Couple and Family Therapy – 2009
  • Research in Family Therapy Award
    Awarded by the American Family Therapy Academy-2005
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage & Family Therapy Award
    Awarded by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy-2000
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Family Division)
    Susan Johnson was made a Fellow in recognition of her contribution to this area-2003
  • Excellence in Education Teaching Award
    Awarded by the University of Ottawa-2002
  • YMCA Women of Distinction Award

Awarded for work in Health and Well-Being-2001

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Lieven Migerode, clinical Psychologist, LMFT, certified EFT supervisor and trainer. Presentation ‘Fighting for Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and EFT’ with Jef Slootmaeckers.

Lieven Migerode is the founder and president of EFT – Belgium. He trained EFT in Belgium, The Netherlands, Romania, Italy, Iran, South- Africa and Poland. He has more than 40 years experience as a couple therapist. He is a MFT trainer and supervisor for the Belgian association of Couple and Marital Therapy (BVRGS). He was the president of the BVRGS from 2008 until 2015. He is co-director, therapist and supervisor at Context: centre for couple and family therapy UPCKULeuven and co-director with Prof dr. P. Rober of the postgraduate training in MFT of the Catholic University Leuven. He published earlier on the subject of partner violence and love. He also published articles and a book on the subject of love. Migerode, L (2015). Hoe blijf je gelukkig in je relatie. Tielt: Lannoo. (I love you: how to stay happy in your relationship). Lieven is a member of ICEEFT

Jef Slootmaeckers, Social Worker, LMFT, certified EFT therapist, and EFT Supervisor. Presentation ‘Fighting for Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and EFT’ with Lieven Migerode.

Jef Slootmaeckers has more than 12 years experience working with partner violence. He is specialized in EFT and couple violence. He worked in a shelter for women and children and later he worked for years in a specialized centre for couple therapy with violent couples. Now, he has a private practice for EFT-therapy, supervision and training. Over the last few years, Jef trained several teams in working with highly reactive and violent couples.  Together with Lieven Migerode he published several articles about partner violence and couple therapy. He is member of ICEEFT. Recently Jef and Lieven wrote a book in Dutch about EFT and partner violence. Together, they trained their approach in Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, New York and Ireland.

Dr Ryan Rama

Ryan Rana , PhD, LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT cert. Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer, USA

Dr. Ryan Rana, a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and family faculty member, did his training in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson and George Faller. After years of experience practicing and supervising EFT, Ryan was designated as a Trainer by Sue Johnson and ICEEFT. Ryan is currently the President, after founding, the Arkansas EFT community in 2012-13. Additionally, Ryan and his wife Anne cofounded The Joshua Center in Arkansas, in which he practices and is the Executive Director. He maintains a clinical practice specializing in work with couples, sexuality, anxiety, depression, traumatic stress and other areas. He also does EFT intensives with couples in addition to his passion to advance EFT via education and trainings in several areas. Before being a therapist, Ryan was a pitching coach at the collegiate level of baseball. Ryan also spends significant time studying military training and practice and how it relates to the process of strategies of change and healing in therapy – as well as commonly working with military and first responder members/couples.

Ryan is a sought after public speaker. In his 21 year career he has spoken to groups on over 1,000 occasions. His audience has included: university classes, community, law enforcement organizations, the United States Air Force Academy, state conferences, national conferences, church groups, medical organizations and professional counseling and therapy training events around the world. Ryan is known for his ability to make complex ideas clear, understandable, relatable, and fun. He is a story teller often using humor and evocative videos as well as research and academic theory to engage the audience towards a deeper sense of the topic and connection.

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

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.

Times: Days to run from 2pm till 8pm BST on all days.

Registration and the Schedule

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

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

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

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

Bonus session on Polyvagal theory and EFT on the 10th Oct 6pm-8pm BST


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