Creating Emotional change with Emotion-Focused Therapy

Dr. Ladislav Timulak, Psychologist. Ph. D.

Help your clients go from psychological distress to adaptive feelings

Excerpt: emotion focused therapy

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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
  • 85% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague


Emotions are a powerful instrument in psychotherapy, signaling whether our needs are being met within an environment. They can manifest as either painful or adaptive experiences, each carrying significant meaning. During sessions, painful emotions can be brought into awareness, activated, tolerated, and ultimately transformed into adaptive feelings.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) offers a robust framework for engaging with clients' emotions during sessions and aiding them in making sense of their emotional pain. To facilitate the integration of EFT's key concepts into your practice, Dr. Timulak has developed this hands-on course, which covers:

  • differentiating between primary, secondary and instrumental emotion;
  • assessing client emotion processing styles;
  • maladaptive emotional processes;
  • 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);
  • transforming core emotional pain in therapy through the activation of adaptive emotional processes.

This course is designed to equip you with all the necessary tools to help your clients master their relationship with their emotions.

About the expert

Picture of Ladislav Timulak

Ladislav Timulak, PhD is Professor in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is Course Director of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Ladislav (“Laco”—read “Latso”) is involved in various psychotherapy trainings in Ireland and internationally. His main research interest is psychotherapy research, particularly the development of emotion-focused therapy (EFT). He currently is adapting this form of therapy as a transdiagnostic treatment for depression, anxiety, and related disorders.

He is also researching the use of mental health interventions delivered online.

He has written or co-written ten books, more than 100 peer reviewed papers and chapters in both his native language, Slovak, and in English. His most recent books include

He maintains a part-time private practice.

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Learning objectives

  1. Understand primary, secondary, and instrumental emotions.
  2. Explore the development of emotional vulnerability.
  3. Apply strategies to transform emotional vulnerability through 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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