Emotion-Focused Therapy For Depression


Depression is a complex biopsychosocial phenomenon. No single cause can be isolated. When people are depressed, they have disturbances at many levels of functioning. People who are depressed experience not only a loss of ability to feel interest, pleasure, and joy, but also an increase in sadness, anger, anxiety, and shame.

Emotion-Focused Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) proposes that emotions have an adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change. This view of emotion is based on the belief that emotion, at its core, is an innate and adaptive system that has evolved to help us survive and thrive.

Clients are helped in therapy to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotions. As a result, clients become more skilful in accessing the important information and meanings about themselves and their world that emotions contain, as well as become more skilful in using that information to live vitally and adaptively.



Leslie Greenberg, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is Director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic and is the developer of Emotion-Focused Therapy.

He has been the senior author on the original texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples: Facilitating Emotional Change (1993) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy(1988). More recent books include Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression (2006), Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power (2008), Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy (2012), Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy (2014), Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to work through their Feelings (2015) and Supervision Essentials for Emotion-Focused Therapy (Clinical Supervision Essentials) (2016).

Workshop Objectives

Participants will learn the following topics:

  • Typology of depression
  • Emotions in depression
  • EFT model of resolving hopelessness in depression
  • Markers and Task for using chair-work
  • Case formulation of depression using EFT
  • EFT interventions for depression

When & Where

  • 26 & 27 Apr 2017 (Wed to Thurs)
  • 9 am to 5 pm
  • Venue: To be Determined


  • $900 – Super Early Bird Fee [before 26 Feb]
  • $1000 – Early Bird Fee [before 26 Mar]
  • $1100 – Normal Fee [from 26 Mar]
  • Payment is needed to confirm your registration



  • Please enquire for VCF funding