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Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Attachment-based Interventions to Treat Trauma, Anxiety and Depression

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Susan Johnson, EdD
6 Hours 09 Minutes
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Apr 02, 2020
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Finally, there is a map offered to us by attachment science to work in an organic, on-target way to help clients with trauma, anxiety, and depression.

To that map, add the wisdom of 30 years of clinical experience and outcome studies on Emotionally Focused Therapy and you have the right way to tune into clients’ emotions and help them shift from numbing or agitation into emotional balance and the ability to trust the self and engage fully with others.

Known for her ground-breaking intervention – Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy—Dr. Sue Johnson will show you the set of proven interventions to shape transformational emotional moments for your individual clients in every session.

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) will transform your clinical work by giving you:

  • A structured, on-target, effective roadmap for helping clients
  • Resolution for clients’ depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress
  • A more integrated coherent sense of self

EFT takes you to the heart of the matter in just 5 clear macro-interventions. The goal is not to simply modify symptoms, but to grow people into full, flexible aliveness.

You will finish with your own blueprint for EFT that you can use across modalities – with a single client, with a distressed couple or with a family in crisis. This recording will leave you feeling re-energized knowing your new skills will set your clients on a sure path to healing.



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



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Dr. Sue Johnson was an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue was the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

The founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Dr. Johnson authored numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019), The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019), and A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) (2021).

Sue trained behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consulted to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT, including Veterans Affairs and the US and Canadian militaries. She was a Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, a Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson had employment relationships with University of British Columbia, Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group, Alliant International, University Ottawa, Couple and Family Institute, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She received royalties as a published author. Dr. Johnson received a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She had no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson served on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.


  1. Build core emotional experiences to promote emotional balance in your traumatized, anxious, and depressed clients.
  2. Evaluate the EFT model as a secure base for effective therapy with individual clients. 
  3. Analyze the three stages of the EFT model as an approach that offers clients a way out of destructive patterns.
  4. Implement evidence-based stages to increase closeness, safe attachment, and connection.
  5. Investigate how EFT explores and deepens emotions with clients in a way that maintains safety.
  6. Construct corrective emotional experiences for the individual client that create real forward movement in a single session.
  7. Develop client interactions that expand the client’s sense of self and open engagement with others.
  8. Validate the client’s sense of competence and worth in every session.


Attachment Science in Individual Psychotherapy
  • Seeing the self from a developmental attachment viewpoint
  • The 10 principles of attachment science
  • The attachment view of emotional disorders
  • What attachment tells us about the essence of in-session change that lasts
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Emotional Disorders – EFIT
  • Foundational Stages of EFT
    • Stabilization
    • Restructuring
    • Consolidation
  • The organic model of change and change events - working with vulnerability
The EFIT Process-Oriented Assessment
  • A non-pathologizing attachment perspective on emotional disorders
  • Using EFIT to work with core features of anxiety and depression
  • The process of first sessions – building a safe-haven alliance
The Core EFT Macro Interventions – the EFT “Tango”
  • Mirroring/reflecting present process
    • Negative Cycles of Coping
  • Affect assembly and deepening
  • Choreographing engaged encounters with self and others
  • Processing these choreographed dramas to create emotional balance
  • Integrating and validating new experience
  • The Tango across stages of change
Summary of Micro Interventions – Experiential and Systemic
  • In-session video and discussion of sessions
  • Play and Practice - the elements of the Tango
Attachment Science and the Practice of Psychotherapy – Across Modalities
  • Growing into and applying the EFIT model in your practice
  • Limitations, risks, and areas for further research

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurses



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 4


Martha C

"I appreciated sue Johnson's authenticity and knowledge and ability to convey this in a coherent and accessible manner. We have the same mentors, Rogers and Minchin."

Alan F

"A very useful intro to Sue Johnson's model of therapy!"

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