Emotion Focused Therapy Level One Individual Therapy

Trainer: Prof Leslie Greenberg

Facilitator: Dr Jason Sharbanee

This four-day programme will provide participants with a solid grounding in the skills required to work more directly with emotion in psychotherapy. Participants will receive in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, case discussions, and extensive supervised role-playing practice.

The training will cover Emotion Theory, including differential emotion diagnosis and principles of emotional change. Differential interventions based on process diagnoses will be demonstrated. Videotaped examples of evidence-based methods for evoking and processing overwhelming emotions, negative self-evaluative splits, as well as emotional injuries from the past will be presented and discussed.

Participants will be trained to attune moment-by-moment to affect, and in the use of experiential methods to facilitate dialogues between different parts of the self and imagined significant others. This training will provide therapists from different backgrounds with an opportunity to expand and develop their therapeutic skills and interests.


  • Emotion theory, Assessment and Principles of emotional change
  • Creating an alliance, Empathic attunement
  • Basic techniques for working with emotion: Evocation, Conjecture, Focusing
  • Identifying markers of underlying affective/cognitive problems
  • Experiential techniques including: Focusing, Evocative unfolding, Two chair dialogues for splits, and Empty chair dialogue and unfinished business
  • Restructuring Core Emotion Schemes
  • Additional Skills in Evocative Methods: Supporting a self-affirming stance, and Promoting new narrative constructions
  • Skill Training & Applications to: Depression, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Addictions. And Contraindications

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

30/11/2020 - 03/12/2020
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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