EFT Level 1 – 2021

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) Workshop

Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D


26. – 29. August 2021

Copenhagen, Denmark

Institute for Emotions-Focused Therapy Denmark is delighted to present this successful introductory 4-day-workshop in emotion-focused therapy (EFT) with its founder Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D from York University.

This EFT Level 1 workshop will provide participants with a grounding in the theory and skills required to work more effectively with emotion in psychotherapy. Participants will receive in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modeling, case discussions, and supervised role-playing practice.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

is a humanistic, evidence-based form of psychotherapy that integrates person-centred, gestalt therapies and other experiential therapies, plus elements from narrative, psychodynamic and existential psychotherapy. It has particular relevance to working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties. EFT has gained international recognition through the work of Les Greenberg, Laura Rice, Robert Elliott, Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman, Sandra Paivio, Antonio Pascual-Leone, Ladislav Timulak, Lynn Angus and others. More than 35 years of research in the processes and outcome of EFT conducted at Universities worldwide has mapped effective emotional change processes and shown good outcome of EFT for depression, anxiety and trauma, and promising in other areas. There is a growing EFT community of researchers, partitioners, scholars, trainers and others that are organized in the International Society of Emotion Focused Therapy (ISEFT).

EFT integrates:

  • an emphatic valuing and congruent relational stance
  • a focus on emotion in the presences moment
  • a marker guided strategy for evoking healing emotional processes

Workshop description

The workshop will begin with an overview of EFT Emotion Theory, including basic principles and the role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction; this will be illustrated by Focusing-oriented exercises. Participants will be trained in moment-by-moment attunement to affect in an empathetic validating relation. Differential intervention based on specific process markers will be demonstrated and trained: Systematic evocative unfolding and empty chair work. Videos of evidence based methods for evoking and exploring emotion schemes, and for dealing with overwhelming emotions, puzzling emotional reactions, and emotional injuries from past relationships will be presented. Participants will be trained in moment-by-moment attunement to emotion, and the use of methods for dialoguing with aspects or configurations of self and imagined significant others in an empty chair.


In the workshop the participants will cover the following topics through lectures, demonstrations and supervised practice.


  • Emotion theory, Assessment and principles of change

Empathy, Validation and focusing on Feeling

  • Creating an alliance ∙ Empathic attunement ∙ Evocation ∙Conjecture ∙Focusing

Process formulation, Developing a Collaborative Focus

  • Identifying markers of underlying affective/cognitive problems

Evocation, Arousal and Exploration

  • Focusing ∙ Evocative unfolding ∙ Two chair dialogue and splits

Accessing Primary Adaptive Emotions and Core Maladaptive Schemes

  • Empty chair dialogue and unfinished business

Restructuring Core Schemes

  • Supporting the emergence of primary needs ∙ Letting go of unmet needs ∙ Tapping positive emotional resources ∙ Provision of new experiences

Continued Skill Training in Evocative Methods

  • Supporting a self-affirming stance ∙ Promoting new narrative constructions

Skill Training & Applications

  • Depression ∙ Post-traumatic stress disorder ∙Addictions ∙ Contraindications

The Workshop is aimed at

psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and psychiatrists with a basic training in psychotherapy.

This EFT Level 1 workshop is part of the accreditation for  Basic EFT Training at ISEFT, provided that the participant has a prior foundational training in a humanistic psychotherapy. Such training and supplement training is offered by Instiut for Emotionsfokuseret Terapi (IEFT Denmark).


  • Elliott R., Watson J.C., Goldman R.N. & Greenberg L.(2004). Learning emotion-focused therapy. The process-experiential approach to change. APA
  • Greenberg, Leslie (2016) Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings, Second Edition, APA
  • Greenberg, Leslie & Goldman, Rhonda (ed.) (2019): Clinical Handbook of Emotion-Focused Therapy. APA


The workshop is accredited as an EFT Level 1 and is part of Basic EFT Training at ISEFT – International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy

EFT Level 1 gives access to participate at EFT Level 2.

Accreditation for the whole Basic EFT Training is done through application to Institut for Emotionsfokuseret Terapi (IEFT Denmark). Documentation for prior basic humanistic psychotherapy training or plans for supplementary basic humanistic psychotherapy training, which is offered by IEFT.

Extra services

  • 1½ hours Q&A in group with Leslie Greenberg at a date and time to be decided
  • 3 hours group supervision or specific theme workshop with Niels Bagge
  • 3 hours video recordings of Leslie Greenberg from the workshop

Practical information

EFT-trainer: Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D
Time: 26 .-29. August 2021 . Kl. 12.30 – 20.00
Place: Glohalhagen, Fælledvej 12, 2200 København N. Greenberg attent virtually
Hybrid workshop – Participants and workshop leaders attend in person. Leslie Greenberg attend virtually.
Pschologists, psychotherapist, counselors, psychiatrists with basic prior psychotherapy training. 20-24 participants in all.
Language: Engelish
: 9.995 Dkr. – 1350 €
Deadline for registration: 20. August 2021
Binding: Registration is binding after 1 January 2021. No-refunds after this date
Registration Conditions: https://www.ieft.dk/tilmeldingsbetingelser/
Priority: In case of the workshop recieving more than 24 resistrations, then registrations are prioriticed in the following order: 1) Basic EFT Training (EFT level 1-3), 2)  registrations for EFT level 1+2, registration for EFT level 1 only . If you want to be sure to have a seat at this workshop with Leslie Greenberg, then register for the Basic EFT Training as soon as possible, or the EFT level 2.
Registration: https://forms.gle/w6jxqwpcKdCsVDzq5
Bank: 84110004083983 // IBAN: DK3084110004083983
More information: mail@ieft.dk or mobil +45 20841884

EFT Trainer

Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto. He was originally trained in Person Centered and Gestalt therapy and engaged in psychotherapy research. He has authored the major texts on Emotion Focused Therapy from the first books Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (1988) to most recent Emotion-Focused Therapy (2015) and Emotion focused therapy of Forgiveness and Letting go (2019). He has received both the Early Career and the Distinguished Research Career award of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research as well as the Carl Rogers and the Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research of the American Psychology Association. He also has received the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for distinguished contributions to Psychology as a profession. He is a past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He now spends the majority of his time training people in emotion–focused approaches.


EFT co-trainer

Niels Bagge, cand. psych. from University of Copenhagen 1994, authorized psychologist (1997), specialized in psychotherapy (2003), supervisor (2014). Certified EFT therapist, supervisor og institutebased trainer from International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT). Training with Ph.D Leslie Greenberg, York University. More than 10.000 EFT therapies completed. Niels offers also workshops in focusing, motivational interviewing, holotropic breathwork and mindfulness. He is the founder and leader of Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy (IEFT Denmark) and runs a private practice in Roskilde. He has written about EFT and presented at conferences and professional societies. Niels Bagge is member of many Danish and international societies for psychotherapy  research and practices. He is co-founder of  Dansk Carl Rogers Forum in 2002 and Dansk Selskab for Personcentreret og Oplevelsesorienteret Psykoterapi in 2019. He is chair of the organizing committee for the 15th international conference for person centered and experiential psychotherapy and counseling in Copenhagen in 2022 (PCE2022).