Emotion Focused Therapy Level 1 – May 2023

Emotion Focused Therapy – Level 1

This intensive four-day training provides participants with solid grounding in the skills required to work more directly with emotions in psychotherapy. The focus of the program will be experiential, learning how to promote change in core emotional structures. Participants receive in-depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions and extensive supervised practice. On completion of Level 1 participants will be able to start incorporating EFT tasks and attitudes into their practice.



  • Emotion theory
  • Assessment and principles of change

Empathy, Validation and Focusing on Affect

  • Creating an alliance
  • Empathic attunement
  • Evocation
  • Conjecture
  • Focusing

Process formulation, Developing a Collaborative Focus

  • Identifying markers of underlying affective/cognitive problems

Evocation, Arousal and Exploration

  • Focusing
  • Evocative unfolding
  • Two chair dialogue and splits

Accessing Primary Adaptive Emotions and Core Maladaptive Schemes

  • Empty chair dialogue and unfinished business

Restructuring Core Schemes

  • Supporting the emergence of primary needs
  • Letting go of unmet needs

Tapping positive emotional resources
Provision of new experiences
Continued Skill Training in Evocative Methods

  • Supporting a self-affirming stance
  • Promoting new narrative constructions

Skill Training & Applications

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Addictions
  • Contraindications


  • Empathy tasks
  • Systematic Evocative Unfolding
  • Focusing
  • Two Chair work
  • Empty Chair work


Dr Lou Cooper (she/they) - Lead Trainer

Lou is a Counselling Psychologist and the Lead Trainer of the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy, accredited as a practitioner and trainer by the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy (isEFT). She is the Director of Talking Emotions, a private practice based in Fitzroy specialising in EFT. For many years Lou has facilitated training in LGBTQ-inclusive practice, trauma-informed practice, and mental health in the workplace.

Genevieve Rix

Genevieve is a Counselling Psychology Registrar, registered psychologist and accredited Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) practitioner; having commenced EFT training in 2015 and a member of AIEFT committee in 2017. Genevieve is also an AHPRA board-approved supervisor who is in the process of meeting requirements to become an accredited EFT supervisor. Genevieve is currently employed full time at Australian Catholic University as a student counsellor, in Ballarat. Prior to taking on this role, Genevieve worked in private practice for 3+ years; primarily working with adult clients using an EFT framework. Genevieve is looking forward to returning to part-time private practice in 2023 and to providing EFT supervision for practitioners seeking accreditation in due course.

Immogen O'Connor

Immogen is a Counselling Psychologist, Internationally Accredited Emotion Focused Therapist, and PsyBoard approved Supervisor. Immogen has a small private practice where she specialises in EFT and offers Emotion Focused supervision for clinicians wanting to develop or hone their skills in EFT. Immogen is also a School Psychologist who integrates Emotion Focused Theory and interventions into her work with children and teens.

Anna Henry

Anna is a counsellor and psychotherapist working in her Telehealth-based private practice. She is an internationally accredited Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) practitioner, and a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician. Anna provides generalist therapy as well as offering non-diet, weight-neutral care for adults struggling with binge eating disorder and body image concerns. She is passionate about supporting self-care and EFT practice among her fellow mental health professionals.

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