Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Leslie Greenberg (EFT-C Level 1). A four day online workshop

The Swiss Institute for Emotion-Focused Therapy is very pleased to announce a four-day workshop in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples with Dr. Leslie Greenberg (EFT-C, Level 1). This four-day online training is designed for practising therapists who are interested in learning Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy from its founding father without committing to the full two-year EFT-C training.


Educational Objectives:

1. Develop formulations, treatment goals, and create plans based on the EFT- C model.
2. Understand the phenomenon of marital distress in the context of emotion and its role in intimacy and attachment.
3. Identify specific interventions to help couples externalize their problem as a negative interactional cycle.
4. Learn to identify different types of emotions, emotion schemes and forms of emotional expression.
5. Learn to differentiate between attachment and identity oriented emotions.
6. Learn how to intervene differentially with emotion.
7. Learn how to access adaptive emotions to produce change.
8. Learn to facilitate the transformation of negative interactional cycles and related problematic affect states and access more intimate states.
9. Change both intra-psychic and interpersonal dynamics.
10. Deal with blocks and impasses in responsiveness.

Target Group

This course is designed for practicing therapists who are presently working with or intend to work with couples and have strong interest in incorporating work with emotion and changing negative emotional interactional cycles into their ongoing practice.


Participants receive in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modeling, case discussions, and supervised role-playing practice.
The course will be held in English. However, panel discussions can be facilitated in English, German and French.


This program provides participants with a solid grounding in the skills required to work more directly with emotion in psychotherapy with couples. In order to provide some degree of experiential training participants will be asked to script another member as a relational partner and we will work in this manner with each persons couple patterns. The training program will begin with a theoretical discussion of the role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction in couples. The importance of working with amygdala based emotion in therapy will be emphasized.

The principles of emotionally focused couples work will be presented. We will look at ways for dealing with affect regulation in marriage especially in relation to power and identity issues and emotional injuries that lead to depression. The role of the emotions of shame and anger related to threats to identity, status or power central in depression in couples will be addressed in addition to the emotions of fear and anxiety, related to abandonment fears and loss and threats to attachment security. We will look at how to access adaptive emotions, such as sadness at loss and empowering anger at violation. This leads to a change in self-other narratives and interaction.

Tapes of how to work in couple therapy with the emotions related to, intimacy and attachment, power and identity, to transform vicious cycles into virtuous ones will be discussed.

Day 1: Morning Overview of the couple’s approach Theory of Emotion Theory of Motivation Stages and steps Video demonstrations First sessions: Forming the alliance and identifying core issues Video demonstrations Afternoon: Skill training and practice in empathic joining Work on own couple Discussion Day 2: Morning Identifying maladaptive cycles Attachment related cycles Video demonstrations, Skill training and practice Afternoon Video demonstrations Skill training and practice Discussion Day 3: Morning Accessing underlying emotions Video demonstrations Skill training and practice Discussion Afternoon Restructuring the interaction and the bond Video demonstrations Skill training and practice Discussion Day 4: Morning Identity and dominance related cycles Accessing underlying identity related emotions Skill training and practice Discussion Afternoon Skill training and practice Dealing with Blocks Video demonstrations Skills Training and Practice


Dr. Leslie Samuel Greenberg

Leslie Samuel Greenberg, (born 1945 in South Africa) is a distinguished research professor emeritus of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada and director emeritus of the Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic in Toronto. He is the founder and principal developer of Emotion-Focused Therapy for individuals and for couples. His research addresses issues of empathy, psychotherapeutic processes, the therapeutic alliance, and emotions in human life.
Leslie Greenberg has published over 100 articles and is co-author of major books on emotion-focused approaches to psychotherapy, such as Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (1988). His more recent books include "Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power" (2008), "Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy" (2012), "Emotion-Focused Therapy: Theory and Practice" (2015), "Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy" (2015), "Emotion-Focused Therapy of Generalized Anxiety" (2017), "Emotion-Focused Therapy of Forgiveness" (2019), and "Changing Emotion With Emotion" (2021).
He is a founding member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), from which he received the Distinguished Research Career Award in 2004. The Canadian Psychological Association honored him with the Professional Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession, and the American Psychological Association presented him with the "APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research" and the "Carl Rogers Award". He has served on the editorial boards of numerous psychotherapy journals, including the "Journal of Clinical Psychology," the "Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology," the "Journal of Family Psychology," the "Journal of Marital & Family Therapy," the "Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, and Psychotherapy Research."
Currently, Les trains people in emotion-focused approaches in countries around the world.


Dr. phil.  Marielle Sutter

Marielle Sutter is a federally recognized psychotherapist FSP and has co-directed IEFT Switzerland with Leslie Greenberg since 2014. She studied psychology and sociology at the University of Bern and received her PhD in 2006 under Prof. Klaus Grawe and Prof. Franz Caspar. Since 2008 she has been trained and supervised in EFT and EFT-C. With Leslie Greenberg she co-authored the book "Praxis der Emotionsfokussierten Therapie" in 2021 and has then translated it into French ("Pratiquer la thérapie centrée sur les émotions", 2004).
Marielle Sutter is a trainer and supervisor in EFT and EFT-C at IEFT Switzerland as well as at various institutes and universities in the German and French speaking regions. In her group practice in Bern, she appreciates working in individuals and with couples. She is a founding member and president of the Swiss Society for EFT. Marielle Sutter is an isEFT-approved supervisor for EFT and EFT-C as well as an international trainer.

Practical Information

Course Dates

22.-25. October 2024


2:00pm to 9:30pm CET






800 CHF

Early Bird

650 CHF for registration before 22.04.2024


Recognition is according to the guidelines of the respective professional society.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of the binding registration by the participant is possible up to 90 days before the start of the course. In this case, only the administrative costs (CHF 50.-) will be charged. In case of withdrawal of the registration less than 90 days before the beginning of the course, the full amount of the course will be charged.


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Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Leslie Greenberg (EFT-C Level 1). A four day online workshop


Registration deadline: 22.08.2024
The number of participants is limited. The course will only take place if there are enough registrations.