Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy [Module B & C]

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) is a structured approach to couple therapy formulated by Drs. Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg. It offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns.

Learning Objectives

  • Deepen your understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of EFT
  • Apply EFT interventions to help couples access their emotional experience so that they become aware of their destructive interactional cycle and its negative impact on the relationship
  • Identify attachment needs and underlying emotions that are a mechanism of change
  • Help clients rebuild a more satisfying relationship in which their attachment needs are met

Course Content – Module B

Step 1 – Assessment, Alliance Building, Delineating the Core Issues of Conflicts
Skills – Reflection, Validating, Evocative Reflections & Questions

Step 2 – Identifying the Negative Interactional Cycle
Skills – Evocative Reflections & Questions, Tracking & Reflecting Interactions, and Reframing

Step 3 – Assessing the Emotions and Attachment needs
Skills – Evocative Reflections & Questions, Tracking & Reflecting Interactions, and Reframing

Step 4 – Reframing the problems
Skills – Evocative Reflections & Questions, Heightening, Empathic Conjecture, Tracking & Reflecting Cycles of Interaction, and Reframing

Course Content – Module C

Step 5 – Working with Emotional Experience
Skills – Evocative Responding, Heightening, & Empathic Conjecture

Step 6 – Withdrawer Reengagement
Skills – Empathic Conjecture, Disquisition, & Restructuring Interactions

Step 7 – Blamer Softening
Skills – Evocative Responding, Empathic Conjecture, Tracking & Reflecting the Cycle, Restructuring Interactions

Step 8 & 9 – Consolidation and Impasses
Skills – Integration of all skills

Workshop Structure & Size

The workshop consists of didactic content, role play and review of videotaped case presentations. Participants are required to record on video a therapy session with a couple for review. The number of participants is limited.


Liu Ting, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Drexel University. She is a faculty in the graduate programmes in Couple and Family Therapy. Dr. Liu completed her doctorate at Purdue University, USA, and she did Child Development and Family Studies with a specialisation in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Pennsylvania licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy. Dr. Liu specialises in multi-cultural applications of EFT, infidelity issues, mood disorders, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy with adolescents. She is also a certified EFT trainer and supervisor. She provides training and supervision in the EFT model of couples and family therapy internationally, in particular Asia.


  • Must have completed Externship [Module A]

When & Where

  • Date:
    22-25 Feb 2022,
    5-8 Apr 2022,
    17-20 May 2022, 
    7-10 Jun 2022
    (Tuesdays – Fridays)
  • Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Venue : Online (Zoom)


  • Early Bird: $4,000 (Register before 22 December 2021)
  • Normal: $4,200
  • Payment is needed to confirm your registration


These modules fulfil part of the requirements to become a certified EFCT therapist. This certification is recognised by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) founded by Dr. Susan Johnson. Please refer to their website for more information. http://www.iceeft.com/