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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 Juliette Becking and Agathi Lakioti

October 5-8, 2023, live and online via zoom. Hours 10:00 - 17:30.

Level 2*

Module A: Advanced empathic attunement with Agathi Lakioti
December 8-9, 2023, live and online via zoom. Hours 10:00 - 17:30.

Module B: Case formulation & relational difficulties with Robert Elliott and Agathi Lakioti

January 26-27 and February 2-3,2024, online via zoom. Hours 18:30 - 22:30.

Module C: Focusing and reprocessing tasks with Robert Elliott and Agathi Lakioti

March 29-30, 2024, online via zoom. Hours 15:00 - 22:30.

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

May 17-18 and 24-25, 2024, online via zoom. Hours 18:30 - 22:30.

*The modules (or a combination of them) can also be attended separately.


Level 1 cost:

  • 600 euros

  • 540 euros if paid by 5/9/2023

Level 2 cost:

  • 900 euros (225 euros per module)

  • 810 euros if paid in full by 15 November 2023

Early bird registration for modules B, C, and D: 625 euros if paid by December 15, 2023

Total cost: 1.500 euros (1.350 euros with early registration)

If levels 1 & 2 are paid together by 5/9/2023 there is an additional 10% discount
(final cost for the whole training program 1.215 euros)


To register for the Emotion-Focused Therapy training program or any of the levels and modules of the program, you can fill out this form by selecting the workshop you wish to attend.


To reserve your place, you need to pay the fee in full or pay a deposit (250 euros for the entire training program, 150 euros for level 1, 225 euros for level 2 and 50 euros for each level 2 module).

Masterclasses 2023 - 2024

Motivational splits: working with ambivalence in Emotion Focused Therapy

With Robert Elliott
October 20 & 21 ,2023, Online via zoom, Hours 18.30-22.30

In this masterclass we will learn how we can use Emotion Focused Therapy to help clients who are struggling with unhealthy or self-damaging activities, including substance misuse, eating too much, not exercising, or just generally not taking good care of themselves.

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