Speakers EFT-Trained Cohort

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.

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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Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.

Zoya has a full-time practice in New York with adults and couples, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population.  She is a founding member, Vice President and Executive Director of the Board of Directors of NYCEFT.  Zoya is also a Founder and Director of The Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development dedicated to high quality individual and couples therapy and EFT training. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service and continues as a faculty at NYU School of Medicine and CUNY Graduate Center.  Zoya has been presenting and teaching on EFT in the US, as well as internationally in Russia and Ukraine.  She has particular interest in intersection of sexuality and couples therapy.

Michael Moran (on the 10th July), LCSW, CST is a psychotherapist, Certified EFT Couples Therapist and Supervisor, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and based in New York, NY where he specializes at the intersection of relational and sexual challenges.

He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Relational Fulfillment and is on the Board of Directors at NYCEFT (New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy).  In addition to his practice, Mike presents internationally training therapists to effectively address sexual issues in EFT couples therapy and has taught graduate courses in Marriage & Family Therapy and LGBTQ Practice in Contemporary Society at Rutgers University.  He also gives weekend workshops to couples geared to cultivate greater relational and sexual satisfaction.  Mike views erotic energy as chi (life-force, creative vitality) and loves helping people remove the barriers to creating authentic, passionate connection, both emotionally and sexually.  His website is www.fulfilledcouples.com.

Michael Barnett, MA, Ed.S, LPC is a licensed psychotherapist in Atlanta Georgia with over 30 years of clinical experience. Michael is an ICEEFT(International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) certified supervisor and trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), and is the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.

. He is also a partner at Pine River Psychotherapy Associates, a highly respected and visionary private practice in Atlanta since its inception in the 1970s. Prior to starting his private practice, Michael worked in inpatient addiction treatment centers, experiential outdoor training facilities focusing on the healing of addictive processes, and in intensive outpatient addiction programs for more than six years before beginning his private practice as an experiential psychotherapist in 1993.  He began presenting workshops and trainings on experiential psychotherapies the same year. Michael received 27 years of mentorship from one of the leading psychologists in the Atlanta psychotherapy community, Dr. Kirk Lalor. By the time that he began his training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples in 2005, he had led dozens of trainings for psychotherapy professionals, and business leaders alike. By 2008 Michael became an ICEEFT certified trainer in the model and was leading EFT certification trainings, workshops and speaking engagements on EFT across North America, and Canada. Michael has ardently worked toward integrating working with addictive disorders through both traditional and experiential processes. This humanistic, attachment-based work culminated in a systematic creation for tailoring the EFT model to more effectively treat couples who present on the addictive continuum. In doing so Michael has offered a unique addition to this wonderful body of EFT education. In February 2017, he and several colleagues completed a 3-year research project implementing EFT into the treatment regime at a metropolitan inpatient addiction hospital in Atlanta. The data is currently being analyzed and will hopefully be completed within the next eighteen months. In September 2017, Michael was selected to co-present at the EFT Summit with Dr. Gabor Mate, where they had the opportunity to share their personal and clinical insights about working with addictions from a humanistic perspective to a broad audience of psychotherapists from around the world.  Michael and Dr. Silvina Irwin were also invited to co-present at the LACEFT and ACEFT masterclass series on working with trauma through the EFT model. They have added a special emphasis to the secondary traumatization that can impact therapists working so closely with traumatized clients.

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

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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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