Foundations of Emotion-Focused Therapy

This training will be offered via Zoom starting June 1st. Click here to go to our course registration page.

Emotion-Focused Therapy is a modern, empirically supported approach that, as its name suggests, focuses directly on emotion. It is an integration, refinement, and further development of Person-Centered Therapy and Gestalt Therapy, is grounded in a contemporary theory of emotion, and is informed by decades of research.

This course will introduce participants to EFT’s emotion theory, which provides for both a moment-by-moment emotional process diagnosis, and a map of treatment from initial presentation to the conclusion of therapy. Along with emotion theory, this course will introduce clinicians to a large number of fruitful ideas and insights which EFT has synthesized from the humanistic tradition.

In addition, participants will learn & practice a highly differentiated suite of interventions designed to access and process emotions. In a cumulative sequence of focused, experiential exercises, participants will observe, offer, receive and discuss these interventions.

Meetings will include: Lectures on EFT theory; live & video demonstrations of interventions; small & large group experiential exercises; small and large group discussions.

What: A foundational course on the theory and most basic interventions of Emotion-Focused Therapy.

When: Thursday mornings, 9:00am to 12:15pm:

  • June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • July 13th, 20th, 27th (no meeting week of July 4th)

Where: This iteration of Foundations of Emotion-Focused Therapy will be held via Zoom.

Who: For Counselors and therapists who wish to add Emotion-Focused interventions to their repertoire.

Instructor: Tom Kubasik, LCPC, NCC


  • Students and Pre-Licensed: $495
  • Fully Licensed: $595

A deposit of $95 dollars is required to hold your space.

A certificate of 24 Contact Hours will be issued following completion of this course.

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Learning Objectives

This training will help participants to:

  • Contrast the four types of emotions found in EFT Emotion Theory: Primary Adaptive Emotions, Primary Maladaptive Emotions, Secondary Emotions, and Instrumental Emotions.
  • Distinguish the constituent elements of Productive Emotional Processing: Attending, Symbolizing, Regulation, Accepting, Differentiation, Congruence, and Agency.
  • Develop a stronger therapeutic presence.
  • Integrate a basic suite of humanistic interventions designed to access & process client emotion.

Topics include:

Meeting 1: Introduction to EFT Emotion Theory / Productive Emotional Processing 

Meeting 2:  Empathic Attunement, Basic Empathic Reflections

Meeting 3: Vocal Patterns, Empathic Conjectures / The “Fit” Question

Meeting 4: Depth of ExperiencingEvocative Reflections

Meeting 5: Exploratory Reflections

Meeting 6: Exploratory Questions

Meeting 7: Process Observations / Empathic Refocusing

Meeting 8: Process Disclosures

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