Emotion Focused Therapy Level One Couples Therapy

Trainer: Prof Leslie Greenberg

Facilitator: Dr Jason Sharbanee


This evidence based method of couples developed by Leslie Greenberg and Susan Johnson consists of methods for enhancing the emotional bond between partners. This program will focus on in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, role-playing practice and supervision.

Intimate relationships are understood on the dimension of attachment/ security, involving closeness and distance, as well as on the dimension of identity/autonomy, involving dominance and submission.

This workshop will present ways of dealing with affect regulation in relation to both attachment and dominance issues in relationships. We will discuss and view tapes of working with the emotions related to, power and identity as well as intimacy and attachment, to transform vicious cycles into virtuous ones.

The emotions of anxiety and sadness, related to threats to attachment security have to be addressed in addition to the emotions of fear, shame and anger related to threats to identity, status or power. In addition the role of a third set of pleasant emotions related to intimacy such as warmth, love and caring as well as joy and excitement also are addressed.

We will focus on promoting both other soothing and self soothing by helping partners regulate each other’s and their own affects and where applicable by promoting forgiveness in resolving emotional injuries.


  • Theory of Emotion in marriage and couples
  • Working with emotions related to love and power
  • The steps of EFT
  • The 5 Stage Framework
  • Working with Attachment related cycles
  • Working with Identity/Dominance related cycles
  • Resolving Emotional Injuries. Letting go & forgiving

Prof Leslie Greenberg is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He is the Director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic. He is one of the primary developers of an Emotion-focused Therapy, and a co-founder of the International Society for Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy (isEFT).

He has co-authored the major texts on emotion focused approaches to treatment. These include Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986), Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples (1988), Facilitating Emotional Change (1993), Emotion-focused therapy: Coaching clients to work through emotions (2002) and Emotion-focused therapy of Depression (2006). Most recently he has published Emotion-focused couples therapy: The dynamics of emotion, love and power. Emotion-focused therapy: Theory and practice (2010), Working with Narrative in Emotion-focused Therapy: Changing Stories, Healing Lives (2011), and Emotion-Focused Therapy for Generalised Anxiety (2017).

Prof Greenberg is a founding member of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) from which he received a Distinguished Research Career Award in 2004. His work has also been acknowledged with the Carl Rogers Award of the American Psychology Association, the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Program Award for Excellence in Professional Training and the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for distinguished contributions to Psychology as a profession. In 2012 he was awarded the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research. His institutes are highly praised and are renowned for their atmosphere of authenticity and warmth.

Dr Jason Sharbanee is the founder of the Western Australian Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy. He is a lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Edith Cowan University, where he teaches psychotherapy to postgraduate trainees, and conducts research into the process of change during psychotherapy. He also maintains a private practice a Cygnet Clinic.

Jason began training in EFT in 2010, and subsequently moved to Toronto for 2 years to work and train with Leslie Greenberg and Jeanne Watson. This training included postdoctoral research investigating process of change in core insecurity, and a clinical internship at the Emotion Focused Therapy clinic at York University in Toronto under the clinical supervision of Leslie Greenberg.

Since returning to Western Australia he has continued to get frequent clinical supervision in EFT for both individuals and couples from Leslie Greenberg, and to conduct research on Emotion-Focused Therapy in collaboration with international colleagues.

His published research includes a chapter in the recent Clinical Handbook of Emotion-Focused Therapy.

The training will count towards certification as an EFT therapist with the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy.

This event counts as 20 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event please go to the website

07/12/2020 - 10/12/2020
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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