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