Movie Nights 2024 (free of charge): Tuesday 02.07.24. Takes place on site at AKI in Bern! Leslie Greenberg (2023): Shame and Anger in Therapy (APA).

This year, as part of the IEFT, we are once again offering intriguing Movie Nights. On July 2nd, it will exceptionally take place on-site. We will meet at 6:00 pm at AKI in Bern. We would appreciate it if everyone could bring some snacks and drinks.
We feature both published and unpublished EFT videos, as well as videos on Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT-C according to Greenberg & Goldman, and "Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy" according to Sue Johnson). Additionally, we showcase videos of other emotion-based therapeutic approaches (e.g. "Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Therapy" AEDP, "Affect Phobia Therapy" APT, "Intensive Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy" ISTDP, "Focusing"). Following the videos, we have time for discussion. The discussion can take place in English, German, or French, depending on the participants.

Target Group

Primarily, this offer is intended for graduates or current participants in the two-year basic training programs in EFT and EFT for Couples. All other interested individuals are also welcome to register and will be placed on the participant list if spots are available.


We would appreciate it if everyone could bring some snacks and drinks.Session 1/2: In the opening interview, Dr. Serine Warwar facilitates a discussion with Dr. Leslie Greenberg about emotion-focused therapy (EFT), a transdiagnostic therapy approach that focuses on emotional processing. Dr. Greenberg also provides a brief description of the therapy session. In the first of two sessions, Dr. Greenberg guides a session of EFT with an adult, female client who is struggling with feelings of shame and inadequacy as a parent. She fears that by not meeting the high expectations she has set for herself, she is disappointing her children. Dr. Greenberg helps the client to explore her self-critical voice in a real dialogue through two-chair work and helps the client more deeply access her shame. The client conveys a feeling of betrayal towards her self-critical voice. The client connects her high expectations of herself to past experiences and family messages, including being an eldest daughter and a first-generation college student. Dr. Greenberg continues to lead the client in a two-chair dialogue in which the client confronts the anger she feels towards her family. By allowing the client to actively experience her emotions, she is able to better recognize and communicate her needs. The client is able to begin resolution between the two parts of herself and is able to better empathize with her own experiences. Afterward, Dr. Warwar and Dr. Greenberg review and discuss clips of the session. Dr. Greenberg highlights the importance of accessing emotions in the “here and now” of the therapy room.Session 2/2: Leslie Greenberg, PhD, leads a session of emotion-focused therapy (EFT) in the second of two sessions with an adult, female client dealing with shame and anger as related to parenting and familial messages received growing up as the eldest daughter. First, the client reflects on the previous session and continues to express feelings of shame related to parenting. Dr. Greenberg encourages the client to recount an episodic memory in order to connect more deeply to the emotions she felt as a child. The client recounts an incident in which, while she was home alone taking care of her siblings, she and her sister hid in a bathroom for fear of her brother becoming violent. Dr. Greenberg leads the client in exploring the burden of responsibility she felt during this incident and across her childhood. Next, Dr. Greenberg uses the empty-chair technique to help the client connect to her anger and resentment towards her parents for burdening her with responsibility. The client expresses the anger and sadness she feels toward her mother for burdening her with expectations of cooking, cleaning, and childcare. She expresses anger towards her father, as his substance use required her to take on even more responsibility in the home. As she engages in the empty-chair technique, she begins to engage in resolution by shifting her views of herself and her parents. Dr. Greenberg guides the client in beginning to let go of her shame and to connect to the grief of missing out on being loved and loving her parents. The client begins to voice her own needs and explore what it might be like to assert these needs in her life. In the closing discussion, Dr. Greenberg and Dr. Serine Warwar discuss clips from the session and highlight how Dr. Greenberg encouraged the expression of shame, anger, and sadness in the session through the use of EFT strategies.


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



18-19:30 CET (online)




Katholische Hochschulseelsorge, Alpeneggstrasse 5, CH – 3012 Bern

Cancellation policy

We offer the Movie Nights free of charge. However, we kindly request a written cancellation via email (info@ieft.ch) in case of any hindrance.


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Movie Nights 2024 (free of charge): Tuesday 02.07.24. Takes place on site at AKI in Bern! Leslie Greenberg (2023): Shame and Anger in Therapy (APA).

Katholische Hochschulseelsorge, Alpeneggstrasse 5, CH – 3012 Bern

Registration deadline: 16.06.2024
The number of participants is limited. The course will only take place if there are enough registrations.