Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for Generalised Anxiety (GAD)

Presenter: Dr Jeanne Watson  

EFT is an integrative therapy approach that brings together interventions and concepts from humanistic, experiential, gestalt, and interpersonal theory and practice to work more effectively with clients. It has been found to be effective in the treatment of a number of different disorders including depression, trauma, anxiety and couples. In this workshop the role of EFT in promoting clients’ emotional processing and affect regulation in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety (GAD) will be presented.

The aetiology of GAD and case formulation using EFT will be introduced along with different processing markers to guide specific treatment interventions and enhance the development of the therapeutic alliance. Working with clients to resolve negative life experiences and develop positive ways of being with self and other is an essential to the healing process. The workshop will demonstrate how to work with worry in GAD as well as how to work with clients to change their negative relationships with self. The use of two chair tasks to develop self-compassion and self-soothing will be presented. The use of empty chair work to promote clients’ differentiation and self-assertion will be discussed. Participants will learn how to differentiate specific in-session processes that occur with clients with GAD and how to work with these to promote change and resolution.

Participants will learn how EFT therapists attune to clients’ emotional experience moment to moment in the session using verbal and non-verbal markers of clients’ cognitive-affective states. They will learn how to work with worry-splits, enhance the development of clients’ self-soothing, and facilitate the development of clients’ self-assertion to overcome GAD. Specific interventions and ways of working with clients’ emotional pain will be reviewed and illustrated with case vignettes.

About the presenter:
Jeanne Watson Ph.D. is one of the primary developers of Emotion Focused Psychotherapy (EFT). Dr. Watson is a Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development at OISE, University of Toronto, Canada. She conducts research on EFT in the treatment of depression and GAD. Co-author of a number of books on EFT together with Dr. Les Greenberg, they recently published a book on the treatment of GAD published by APA. Dr. Watson is past-President of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research and is on the board of directors of the International Society for Emotion Focused Psychotherapy. Involved in the training, research, and ongoing development of EFT, she gives workshops and presentations in Europe and North America.

* This event counts up to 14 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s  renewal membership renewal requirements.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.


08/02/2019 - 09/02/2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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