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Motivational splits masterclass

Masterclass: Working with ambivalence in Emotion-Focused Therapy,
with Robert Elliott

October 20 & 21, 2023
18:30 - 22:30, Online through zoom

Emotion-Focused Therapy can be used with 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 ourselves.  Usually, we are ambivalent about these things - torn between wanting to do the healthy thing, and not feeling able to stop ourselves from doing the unhealthy thing.  This also applies to approaching vs avoiding painful emotions, obviously an important issue for EFT practice. 


In this one-day workshop we will take a look at this particular kind of symptomatic conflict in EFT, which is rarely discussed in the EFT literature. We will compare EFT to Motivational Interviewing for this kind of conflict split, considering the strengths and limitations of each, and exploring the importance of helping clients access the more fundamental conflicts that drive a range of self-damaging activities. 


This workshop will be delivered over two half-day/evening sessions and feature skill practice and a live demonstration.

Who can participate

Anyone who has attended at least level 1 can participate in this masterclass.


This workshop is not required for accreditation and it is not part of the certification process.


October 20-21, 2023


18:30 to 22:30

Mode of delivery

Online via zoom




Until Friday September 22, 2023: 120 euros

From Saturday September 23, 2023: 140 euros

Cancellation policy

  • If you cancel participation 30 days or more prior to the seminar date you will be refunded the participation fee minus 25 euros for administration costs.

  • If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the seminar date you will receive a credit, which you can use for a future seminar.

  • If you do not notify us in advance of the seminar date you will not receive a refund or credit.

  • You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, you need to notify us of the name of the person.

  • The organizers reserve the right to cancel the seminar due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under - enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a seminar is cancelled, the participation fee will be refunded in full.

For more information and registration please contact here , at, or at 6944964300

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Dr. Robert Elliott

Robert Elliott, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland).  He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is also professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toledo (Ohio). Robert's primary research interests are processes of change in humanistic-experiential psychotherapies and psychotherapy research methodology.  He is co-author of 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 a past president of the Society for Research in Psychotherapy, and previously co-edited the journals Psychotherapy Research, and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.  He is a member of the Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Humanistic Psychology sections of the American Psychological Association, and has received the Distinguished Research Career Award from the Society for Research in Psychotherapy and the Carl Rogers Award from the Humanistic Psychology section of the American Psychological Association. She now lives in California, and enjoys walking, running, science fiction, poetry and  and all kinds of music.



Agathi Lakioti, Ph.D.

Agathi Lakioti, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and works privately as a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and seminar presenter. She studied psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and obtained 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 therapist and supervisor in Emotion-Focused Therapy by the International Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy. She is also a certified Focusing trainer by The International Focusing Institute. Noting the effectiveness of EFT in her practice, as well as 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 spread this approach in Greece.

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