Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically supported humanistic treatment that arose out of emotion theory and attachment theory. It views emotions as centrally important in the experience of self, in both adaptive and maladaptive functioning, and in therapeutic change.
EFT can be used with couples, families, and individuals, and can be tailored specifically to work with issues such as trauma, infidelity, and abuse.
In these beginners’ workshops, Stefan Walters offers an introductory overview to the methods and uses of EFT, explaining how and why it works, and providing concrete examples and demonstrations of EFT in action with both couples and families.

Current research shows that ninety percent of clients who complete Emotionally Focused Therapy experience significant improvement, in both the short and long term, and almost three quarters can be classified as “recovered” by the end of treatment, having made gains so significant they no longer qualify as distressed.
EFT has also been shown to work well with couples who have low incomes, couples with little formal education, and couples where the husband is rated by the wife as “inexpressive”- three groups that do not typically do well in other forms of couples therapy.
Perhaps most importantly, EFT appears to create lasting change. Unlike several other forms of therapy, where the positive effects begin to drop off almost immediately at the end of treatment, clients who complete a course of EFT maintain their gains – and even continue to improve on them – over the next 24 months, without any additional treatment.

The approximate content of the two days will be as follows:-

Day 1:
1. Attachment theory – from conception to the dynamic- maturational approach
2. Emotion theory – the social baseline model and its evolution
3. The basic principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy
4. Using Emotionally Focused Therapy with clients
Day 2:
1. Identifying pursue and withdraw positions
2. De-escalating the negative cycle
3. Promoting a new healthy cycle
4. Client exercises and sample sessions

 

Stefan Walters is a Counselling Psychologist who specialises in couples counselling and family therapy. Stefan studied for his Masters as a systemic Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, California – home of Carl Rogers and the birthplace of modern counselling. Having been trained in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) in the USA, he is one of very few counsellors in the UK using this powerful, scientifically-supported therapeutic approach.

Please note: This 2-day workshop has nothing to do with Emotional Freedom Techniques, which may also sometimes be associated with the EFT acronym.

Trainer : Stefan Walters
Date : 22nd and 29th November 2014
Time : 10:00am – 4:00pm
Duration : 2 day workshop
Who should attend : Counsellors/Psychotherapists and others working in healing/ helping relationships
Cost: £140.00 per place including refreshments (tea, coffee, water, biscuits). Certificate of attendance will be issued on completion of the workshop.
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