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Emotional Focused Therapy for Couples CPD Workshop

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

An integrative and deeply experiential approach where the therapist’s modelling of empathy and capacity for slowing down reactivity is central.

This One day Workshop is an Introduction to EFT and is open to Therapists and Trainees who work with individuals and groups as well as those who work with couples or who wish to explore developing their skills in working in these areas.

Course Details

In the two decades since Bowlby’s death, extensive research and numerous studies have been published confirming and extending his theories and assertions that at every age, “human beings habitually seek and maintain physical and emotional closeness with at least one particular irreplaceable other. We especially seek out this person when we feel stressed, unsure or anxious. We are just hardwired this way”. (p 41 Johnson, 2014)

This concept forms the core of Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) for couples and families as developed by Sue Johnson. Since its beginning and earliest studies (1984), EFT holds an astounding 70 -75 per cent success rate.

It is an integrative and deeply experiential approach where the therapist’s modelling of empathy and capacity for slowing down reactivity is central. It has been described as a mixture of Bowlby, Perls and Rogers and is routinely taught to counsellors in training in at least twenty five countries around the globe.

  • EFT is essentially based on Attachment theory, taking the view that romantic love is essentially concerned with our needs to form secure bonds with a significant other. Our brains and nervous systems are wired for connection, contrary to the contemporary tendency in social trends and attitudes to exalt independence and individuality.
  • EFT also integrates contributions from biology, philosophy, neuroscience, ethology and social science.

Venue: Cork

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Time: TBC

Award: Attendance Certificate


Eligibility: Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training. Entry is by online application form.
Workshop Rates:

Full Price: €100
PCI College Graduate: €90
PCI College Student: €80


This is a Contining Professional Development Workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students) and other helping professionals with therapeutic experience. If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or 01-642268.


Pauline Macey





Pauline Macey



Trainer, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and accredited EFT therapist (ICEEFT), MSc Family Studies.



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