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Mapping the Dance of Emotions: Creating Lasting Change with Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy

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Susan Johnson, EdD
1 Hour 51 Minutes
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Mar 17, 2023
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When clients become overwhelmed with strong emotions, it’s critical that we can sit with what’s happening and help them find a way through. But that’s often easier said than done. Fortunately, attachment science offers a clear understanding of what’s really going on under the surface of the emotions that can keep us stuck. Based on this science, Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) provides a clinically useful way for therapists to practice that’s centered on the idea that the emotions that create so much suffering are the very doorway to recovery. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to tune in and understand the emotions you’re seeing in sessions in a way that doesn’t further overwhelm clients
  • The 5 macro-interventions of EFIT that provide a useful roadmap for nearly every client when working from an attachment-based lens
  • How to construct corrective emotional experiences that stick and create forward progress in every session


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



Susan Johnson, EdD's Profile

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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. Implement evidence-based stages to increase closeness, safe attachment, and connection.
  2. Investigate how EFIT explores and deepens emotions with clients in a way that maintains safety.
  3. Construct corrective emotional experiences for the individual client that create real forward movement in a single session.
  4. Develop client interactions that expand the client’s sense of self and open engagement with others.
  5. Articulate the five stages of EFIT based on attachment research.
  6. Construct corrective emotional experiences to resolve traumatic blocks to growth.


  • Updates to patterns of attachment based on the new science of attachment
  • Key goals and stages of Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
  • Dancing the EFIT Tango – the five basic moves
  • Case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Shifting world view as treatment progresses
  • Consolidation and integration
  • Risks and limitations of the approach

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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