Creating Emotional change with Emotion-Focused Therapy

Dr. Ladislav Timulak, Psychologist. Ph. D.

Learn to use emotions in your clinical practice

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  • 3h30 of continuing education
  • 22 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 power-point
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee
  • 84% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague


This workshop is aimed at practitioners who may be interested in pursuing EFT training in the future but wish first to learn more about the approach. The presentation will give an overview of EFT theory and practice, covering such topics as differentiating between primary, secondary and instrumental emotion; maladaptive emotional processes; assessing client emotion processing styles; case conceptualisation; the role of the therapeutic relationship in EFT; working with emotional avoidance and emotional dysregulation; key EFT tasks and interventions (such as Two Chair Dialogue for working with self-criticism); and transforming core emotional pain in therapy through the activation of adaptive emotional processes. The workshop will consist of a lecture supported by a video illustration. It will not involve experiential exercises.

About the expert

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Ladislav Timulak, Ph. D. is Professor in Counselling Psychology. Ladislav (or short Laco; read Latso) is involved in the training of counselling psychologists and various psychotherapy trainings in Ireland and internationally. Laco is both an academic and practitioner. His main research interest is psychotherapy research, particularly the development of emotion-focused therapy. He currently is developing this form of therapy as a transdiagnostic approach. He has written or co-written seven books, over 90 peer reviewed papers and various chapters in both his native language, Slovak and in English. His most recent books include Transforming Emotional Pain in Psychotherapy: An Emotion-Focused Approach (Routledge, 2015) and Transforming Generalized Anxiety: An Emotion-Focused Approach (Routledge, 2017). He serves on various editorial boards. He maintains a part-time private practice.

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Learning objectives

  1. Learn about primary, secondary, and instrumental emotions.
  2. Learn about how emotional vulnerability develops.
  3. Learn about the therapeutic strategies that facilitate transformation of emotional vulnerability through the generation of adaptive emotional processes.

Learning material

This workshop includes theory as well as clinical examples. It includes videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The power-point of the workshop can be downloaded.


  • Powerpoint
  • What is Emotion-Focused Therapy?

  • 1. Presentation
  • 2. Main Trials
  • Understanding and Transforming Emotional Pain

  • 3. Understanding of Psychological Distress
  • 4. Emotional Pain
  • 5. Loneliness, Shame and Fear
  • 6. Responding to Emotional Pain
  • 7. Clinical Vignette
  • Working with Emotional-Focused Therapy

  • 8. Emotion Focused Therapy
  • 9. EFT Therapist
  • 10. Differentiation of Emotions
  • 11. Therapist's Style
  • 12. Clinical Vignette
  • 13. Experiential Tasks
  • 14. Transformatory Tasks
  • 15. Clinical Vignette
  • 16. Corrective Relational Experiences
  • 17. Examples of Tasks
  • 18. Compassionate and Validating Relationship
  • 19. Use of Case Conceptualization
  • 20. Modulating Dysregulation
  • 21. Symptoms and Core Pain
  • 22. Summarize
  • Bibliography

CE Credits

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This training is intended for mental health professionals.


  • 3h30 of continuing education
  • 22 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 power-point
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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