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Harnessing the Power of Emotion: A Step-by-Step Approach with Susan Johnson, Ed.D.



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Since advances in neuroscience and attachment theory have led to an increasing appreciation of the centrality of emotions in human relationships, it’s ironic that therapists are so often intimidated by the raw power of clients’ feelings.

This workshop will guide you through the process of helping clients tap into their deepest emotional reserves as a positive force for shaping growth and transformation. Through exercises and viewing sessions of Emotionally Focused Therapy, you’ll develop skills to use in therapy.

Format: DVD Video – 2-4 hours

Details: Multi-disc DVD recording (4 hours) with electronic manual and instructions.


  1. Distinguish between primary and secondary emotions and use attachment theory as a road map for couples work
  2. Demonstrate how to encourage vulnerability by incorporating the “Soft, Slow, Simple” approach into your therapeutic style
  3. Utilize focused empathic reflection to reconnect, repair, and rebuild clients’ bonds
  4. Summarize process of helping clients tap into their deepest emotional reserves as a positive force for shaping growth and transformation

Empathetic Responsiveness
Overview of emotionally focused therapy (EFT)

  • Understanding EFT as an experiential approach
  • Creating a bonding and attachment environment in therapy

Experiencing EFT

  • Discover the 5 basic moves of EFT
  • Learn EFT’s core assumptions
  • Analyze the attachment theory

Concluding remarks with Sue Johnson and Marlene Best

  • Techniques to softening EFT
  • Comparing the effectiveness of co-regulation versus self-regulation


Susan Johnson, Ed.D., is the best selling author, clinical psychologist, distinguished research professor, dynamic speaker, and recognized innovator who has changed the field of couple therapy.

She is director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and distinguished research professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She trains counselors in EFT worldwide and is recognized as one of the most prominent researchers and presenters in the couple therapy field.


Marlene Best, PhD, C.Psych, is a certified EFT Trainer, clinical professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and associate at the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute.