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The Institute

The purpose of the Institute is to promote the training, research and application of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and to create a community of EFT therapists in Greece.


The Institute provides comprehensive training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (Levels 1, 2, and 3) as well as specialized masterclasses on the application of EFT to specific psychological problems and populations. We aim to provide high quality training from renowned international trainers and professional development opportunities for therapists who want to acquire or enhance their EFT skills.

We want to create a community of therapists through the organization of continuing education seminars and workshops, regular practice and supervision meetings, and other events for the application and development of EFT.

The Institute was founded in 2021 by Agathi Lakioti, Ph.D.

Main trainers

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Dr. Robert Elliott

Robert Elliott, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of counselling at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland).  They received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and are also professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toledo (Ohio). Robert’s main research interests are in change processes in humanistic-experiential psychotherapies and psychotherapy research methodology.  They co-authored Facilitating emotional change (1993), Learning emotion-focused psychotherapy (2004), Research methods in clinical psychology (2015), Essentials of Descriptive-Interpretive Qualitative Research (2021), and Emotion-Focused Counselling in Action (2021), as well as more than 190 journal articles and book chapters. Robert is past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and previously co-edited the journals Psychotherapy Research, and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. They are a fellow in the divisions of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, and received the Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Carl Rogers Award from the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. They now live in California, enjoying walking, running, science fiction, poetry, and all kinds of music.


Juliette Becking

Juliette Becking is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist and the founder of EFTiN, the Emotion Focused Therapy institute Netherlands. She started this institute in 2016, because she felt this was the next step for her to disseminate Emotion Focused Therapy in the Netherlands and around the world. Being an experiential psychotherapist and trainer for decades, she started her EFT-training with Robert Elliott and Jeanne Watson around 2008. Totally caught by EFT she knew this was what she wanted to master, train, and spread. So, after intense training and supervision by the EFT originators she became an international EFT-trainer herself. She loves to train EFT.

EFTiN is recognized as an EFT-institute by the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy (isEFT). Juliette is an international EFT-trainer and Board Member of the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy (isEFT).



Agathi Lakioti, Ph.D.

Agathi Lakioti, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and works privately as a psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer. She studied psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Panteion University and her MSc in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde. She teaches counselling and psychotherapy, Positive Psychology and research methodology at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has been a trainer and supervisor in the Person-Centred approach for over 15 years. She is a certified EFT therapist and supervisor by the International Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy. She is also a certified Focusing trainer by The International Focusing Institute. Finding out the effectiveness of EFT in her practice, and acknowledging the professional and personal growth she has experienced through the training and application of this approach, she decided in 2021 to found the Hellenic Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy (HiEFT) and bring this approach in Greece.

The Institute is recognized by the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy
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