Emotion-focused therapy: Changing Emotion with Emotion

Prof Leslie Greenberg, Psychologist

Emotions guide our lives, yet they still are difficult to address in psychotherapy.


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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 all clinicians know, they therefore play a significant role in any form of therapy. In this new workshop designed for clinicians, Dr. Greenberg will explain the role of primary and secondary emotion, as well as adaptive and maladaptive emotion and productive and unproductive emotional processing. Case formulation and principles of emotional change will be explained and demonstrated with recorded sessions and clinical presentations. The key principles and advanced techniques of changing emotion will also be presented in depth, with other videos of therapy sessions. 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.

About the expert

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Dr. Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto and the primary developer of Emotion-focused therapy. He has authored the original books on Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (1988). More recent books include Emotion-focused Couples Therapy: The dynamics of emotion, love and power (2008), Therapeutic Presence (2012), Emotion-focused therapy: Theory and practice (2015), Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy (2015), Emotion -Focused Therapy of Generalized Anxiety (2017), and Emotion-focused Therapy of Forgiveness (2019) and most recently changing Emotion with emotion ( 2021). He has received 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 currently trains people internationally 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

« Just wanted to say "thank you" for a well designed online course and content that has been carefully developed through extensive research.
I have been actively avoiding this format, but am grateful to have had occasion to learn about Emotion Focused Therapy in this way. » (automatically translated)

A mental health professional

« More video, I find the client sessions so valuable to learning how to do EFT as a therapist »

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« Thank you Les Greenberg :) »

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« Love this course - the instructor was easy to understand. I loved the case demonstrations which put all of the theory into practice. »

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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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