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This workshop introduces EFIT, Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, the individual therapy version of the famous EFT couple model. This attachment-based, experiential model allows the therapist to confidently restructure the client’s habitual way of constructing moment-to-moment experience and regulating their most difficult emotions. EFIT focuses on helping clients shape a coherent, resilient, secure sense of self, able to explore and resolve the deeper emotional pain underlying depression, anxiety, and the echoes of trauma. As in EFT for couples, attachment science offers the EFIT therapist a map that clarifies the nature of client problems and symptoms, specifying the steps in the journey towards emotional balance and the corrective emotional epiphanies that are the essence of significant and lasting change in psychotherapy. EFIT offers the therapist an empirically-based, on-target, deeply meaningful pathway to growth and the development of aliveness, showing the therapist how to systematically attune to, and move the client into new models of self and other – into a sense of belonging and becoming.



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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Discover the key elements of the attachment perspective on the development of a resilient self, and its significance for clinical intervention.

b). Identify the 5 macro-intervention moves of the EFIT Tango and experiential micro-interventions.

c). Describe an on-target map for the creation of transformative moments where vulnerabilities can be faced with balance and competence.

d). Outline the path to shaping corrective emotional experiences which restructure negative ways of defining the self, organizing inner experience, and engaging with others.

e). Outline how to apply EFIT to clients suffering from a range of symptoms and post-traumatic issues.


Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, other clinical mental health professionals working in an agency, hospital, or private practice setting.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Sue Johnson, Ed.D. 

Material Author(s): Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Sue Johnson is the founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. For over ten years, she was also the Director of the Marital and Family Clinic at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa. Sue is a clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author, popular presenter and speaker and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy. She presents all over the world and writes on attachment and bonding, the science of love, interventions to repair relationships, trauma couples and forgiveness. Sue is the primary developer of the Emotionally Focused model of couple therapy (EFT) which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of clinical research. She is the author of several seminal books and numerous articles on couple and family therapy as well as the popular book Hold Me Tight (2008). Sue holds professorships at the University of Ottawa and at Alliant University in San Diego, California. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. Sue’s most recent books are Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families (2019) and A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Cultivating Fitness and Growth in Every Client (with Leanne Campbell, in press).

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