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Emotion Focused Therapy
Training Program

HiEFT provides a comprehensive training program in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals as well as specialized workshops (masterclasses) for the application of EFT to specific psychological problems.

Training Program

The training program is  based on the standards and requirements of the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy. The training is certified by ISEFT.

Training objectives

The training program aims to provide participants with:

  • The theoretical basis for understanding emotions and their role in mental health and treatment

  • Experiential practice of the skills required to work with emotions in their practice

  • Opportunities for professional development through learning highly effective therapeutic interventions that can be applied in any therapeutic approach

  • Training in a wide range of experiential response modes that enhance interpersonal therapeutic effectiveness

  • Opportunities for personal development through understanding and processing their own emotional processes

Program structure

The full program consists of levels 1 and 2, which are mandatory for those who want to be certified as EFT therapists for individuals. 

Level 1 is an intensive four day program. Participants will be taught the essential theory about Emotion Focused Therapy, the role of emotions and how we work with them. They will also be trained in the skills necessary to work with emotions.

Level 2 is a continuation of level 1 and consists of four modules. The first module teaches advanced empathic responses while the remaining modules delve into markers and therapeutic tasks as well as EFT case formulation. Participants are also trained in new therapeutic markers and tasks and learn how to apply the approach to complex situations.

All workshops are experiential and provide participants with in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live demonstrations, case discussions and supervised small group practice. The workshops are delivered by certified EFT trainers.


The training program is for mental health professionals (psychotherapists, psychologists, mental health counsellors, social workers, psychiatrists) who have already been trained in a therapeutic approach or for therapists in training who are in their final years of studies. Graduates of postgraduate programs in counselling or clinical psychology are also eligible to attend.

In addition, for those who are interested in becoming certified as EFT therapists it is necessary to either have: 

1) a license to practice as a psychologist together with clinical experience or

2) a diploma (degree) of psychotherapy training and to be registered or meet the registration requirements of the Hellenic Association of Counselling or the European Association of Psychotherapy.


Levels 1 & 2 are the didactic part of the EFT certification process.

To complete the certification process therapists need to complete 16 hours of individual supervision with an accredited EFT supervisor and having their EFT skills assessed through two videotaped sessions (with two different clients) using active therapeutic tasks. The videotaped sessions need to be accompanied by a short case formulation based on the EFT model.

Certification is provided by the International Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT).


Level 1

Introduction to Emotion Focused Therapy with Robert Elliott

September 4-7, 2023, in person only. Hours 10:00 - 17:30.

Level 2

Module A: Advanced empathic attunement with Agathi Lakioti
November 2024, in person only. Hours 10:00 - 17:30.

Module B: Case formulation & relational difficulties with Agathi Lakioti

January 2025, in person only. Hours 10:00 - 17:30.

Module C: Focusing and reprocessing tasks with Agathi Lakioti

March 2025, in person only. Hours 10:00 - 17:30.

Module D: Chair work and compassionate self-soothing with Agathi Lakioti

May 2025, in person only. Hours 10:00 - 17:30.


Level 1 cost:

  • 600 euros

  • 540 euros if paid by 31/5/2024 (there is further discount for a limited number of trainee therapists)

Level 2 cost:

  • 900 euros (225 euros per module)

  • 810 euros if paid in full by September 30, 2024.


To register for the Emotion-Focused Therapy training program or any of the levels and modules of the program, please contact us at


To reserve your place, you need to pay the fee in full or pay a deposit.

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