Emotion-focused therapy: Changing Emotion with Emotion

Prof Leslie Greenberg, Psychologist

Identify dysfunctional emotional patterns, promote adaptive emotional expression, and facilitate emotional regulation with your clients.


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  • 4h of continuing education
  • 21 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee
  • 97% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague


In many ways, emotions guide our lives. As such, they play a significant role in any form of therapy. This workshop, specifically designed for clinicians by Dr. Les Greenberg, one of the primary developers of Emotion-Focused Therapy, will provide you with multiple techniques for identifying dysfunctional emotional patterns, promoting adaptive emotional expression and facilitating emotional regulation in your clients.

He will explain the role of primary and secondary emotion, adaptive and maladaptive emotion as well as productive and unproductive emotional processing. The key principles and advanced methods for changing emotion will be presented in depth, enriched by videos of therapy sessions and clinical presentations.

Dr. Greenberg will also demonstrate the role of memory consolidation in changing emotion with emotion and present strategies of moment-by-moment attunement to affect, and the use of two chair methods of dialoguing with parts of self and imagined significant others in order to access emotions.

Additionally, this training will explore:

  • The development of emotions schemes
  • The interaction between the affective system and meaning construction
  • The role of first narratives in coded experience and the storying of affect
  • How emotions are generated at different levels and their components
  • How to identify the core painful emotion
  • The different models of emotional processing
  • The 6 major emotional change processes
  • Various interventions strategies guided by differential emotion assessment
  • How to access alternate emotion
  • And much more…

Become an expert at working with emotions!

About the expert

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Dr. Leslie Greenberg is a psychologist with nearly five decades of experience. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from York University in 1975. His first academic position was at the University of British Columbia in counseling psychology. In 1981, he undertook an externship at the Mental Research Institute in California. Initially, he received training in client-centered therapy. Later, he expanded his training to include Gestalt therapy and gained exposure to numerous other approaches over the years, including systemic-interactional, psychodynamic, and cognitive therapy. In 1986, he returned to York University in Toronto as a professor of psychology, and is now Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology. Dr. Greenberg is the primary developer of Emotion-Focused Therapy. He has published numerous articles and authored several pioneering books on Emotion-Focused Therapy, addressing topics such as the dynamics of emotion, love and power, therapeutic presence, generalized anxiety, forgiveness, and emotional change.

Dr. Greenberg is a founding member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), where he was honored with the Distinguished Research Career Award in 2004. The Canadian Psychological Association awarded him the Professional Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession. Furthermore, the American Psychological Association recognized him with both the APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research and the Carl Rogers Award. He has also been on the editorial board of many psychotherapy journals. Currently, he trains individuals worldwide in emotion-focused approaches.

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Learning objectives

  1. Learn to identify different types of emotional processing.
  2. Learn how to intervene differentially with emotion
  3. Learn how to change emotion with emotion.
  4. Learn how to do an emotion-focused case formulation.
  5. Learn to identify phases in emotional processing to resolve self-critical splits.

Learning material

A theoretical course illustrated with clinical examples. This course is composed of videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The PowerPoint of the course to download.


  • PowerPoint
  • Foundations of Emotion-Focused Therapy

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Overall approach and theory functioning
  • 3. Evidence based treatment
  • 4. Introducing emotions
  • 5. Emotions schemes
  • Understanding Emotion Processes and Assessment

  • 6. What is meaning
  • 7. Emotion generation
  • 8. The dialectical construction of the self
  • 9. Emotion assessment
  • 10. Example of emotion assessment
  • 11. Emotional dysfunction
  • 12. Accessing emotion
  • 13. Assessment of emotional awareness and expression
  • Emotional Transformation in Therapy

  • 14. Emotional transformation processes
  • 15. Accessing alternate emotion
  • 16. Changing emotion with emotion example
  • 17. Basic change process
  • 18. Case formulation
  • 19. Problem markers and tasks
  • 20. Demonstration video
  • 21. Conclusion
  • Bibliography

CE Credits

Download a certificate of successful completion.


This training is intended for mental health professionals.

What our customers are saying

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  • 4h of continuing education
  • 21 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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