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University of Strathclyde - Counselling Unit

Strathclyde is at the forefront of national and international developments in counselling and psychotherapy.

We offer the following training courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
Masters in Counselling
Research Degrees in Counselling

In addition we offer wide-ranging programmes in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Staff are trained and accredited through their relevant professional bodies and/or registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, and are experienced practitioners as well as trainers, ensuring our courses offer thoroughly practical training of the highest quality and integrity.

Our research focuses on key areas of physical, cultural and psychological wellbeing, specialising in person-centred, experiential and humanistic-existential approaches to therapy and research methods.



Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy 2019 Level 1 Training

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a humanistic, evidence-based form of psychotherapy/ counselling that integrates person-centred and gestalt therapies, with particular relevance to working with depression, trauma, and anxiety difficulties. It has gained international recognition through the work of Les Greenberg, Laura Rice, Robert Elliott, Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman, Sandra Paivio, Antonio Pascual-Leone and others. The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde is the leading centre of EFT training in the UK, and is again pleased to offer Level One professional training in this approach to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists (Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Level or above).

Offered at the University of Strathclyde since 2006, this successful, four-day Level One EFT training programme will provide participants with a grounding in the theory and skills required to work more effectively with emotion in psychotherapy. Participants will receive in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions, and supervised role-playing practice.

We begin with an overview of EFT Emotion Theory, including basic principles and the role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction; this will be illustrated by Focusing-oriented exercises. Differential intervention based on specific process markers will be demonstrated. Videos of evidence based methods for evoking and exploring emotion schemes, and for dealing with overwhelming emotions, puzzling emotional reactions, painful self-criticism, and emotional injuries from past relationships will be presented.

Participants will be trained in moment-by-moment attunement to emotion, and the use of methods for dialoguing with aspects or configurations of self and imagined significant others in an empty chair. This training will provide therapists from person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and related backgrounds an opportunity to develop their therapeutic skills and interests, and provides the first step toward certification as an EFT therapist.

  • This course is formally recognised by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy and could be taken for continuing professional education credit.
  • Cost: Before Monday 22 July 2019: £475 or After Monday 22 July 2019: £525 Includes ISEFT training fees but not catering.
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Contact: or 0141-444 8417 for further information on this training, the facilitators, ways of applying for this course or other APT events


Emotion-Focused Therapy: Level 2

The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde is excited to offer an innovative, restructured and enhanced Level 2 training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for counsellors and psychotherapists (Diploma level or above) who have completed Level One training in EFT. This nine–day series consists of three separate three-day modules, spread over the 2018-2019 academic year to allow participants to begin to implement EFT in their client work. This intensive training is broader and more in-depth than EFT level 1 or the previous EFT level 2, in particular adding training in the specialised empathy skills required to carry out EFT. The format will be a mixture of brief lectures, videos or demonstrations, experiential practice exercises in small groups, and discussion. Timetable: 9:30 – 17:00.

Module A: Advanced Empathic Attunement & Relational Work (Thurs-Sat, 14-16 Nov 2019)

Day 1: Accessing Empathic Resonance; Evocative Empathy and Empathic Affirmation

Day 2: Exploratory Empathy and Empathic Conjecture

Day 3: Rapidly Engaging Clients & Establishing Presence; Relational Difficulties

Module B: EFT Fundamentals (Mon – Weds, 16-18 March 2020)

Day 4: EFT Client Case formulation

Day 5: Focusing & EFT; Two-Chair work

Day 6: Working with Depression: Self-Critical Splits; Empty Chair Work

Module C: Advanced Methods in EFT (Mon – Weds, 11-13 May 2020)

Day 7: Narrative Work in EFT: Systematic Evocative Unfolding, Creation of Meaning, & Narrative Retelling

Day 8: Self-Interruption Splits; Motivational conflicts

Day 9: Advanced Empty Chair work; Compassionate Self-soothing


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ISEFT Conference 2019

The theme of the 2019 conference is Emotion-Focused Therapy: The Growth Edge, emphasising exciting developments which see EFT practitioners from all over the world extending the approach to new client populations, new modes of delivery, and new generations of therapists. 

Building on the success of the previous two ISEFT conferences, ISEFT 2019 Glasgow will feature both the most well-known figures of EFT world and emerging voices representing the next generation of EFT practitioners, all coming together to share the latest ideas about EFT theory, practice and research.

Full details can be found here

Open Days

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