Thursday, May 19, 2016

Interview on working with Anxiety

Here is a link to a video of me talking about anxiety and in particular Emotion-Focused Therapy concepts of anxiety and how to work with it: .

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Culture of Empathy Interview

Edwin Rutsch, the MC of the website Culture of Empathy and the various activities connected with it, has just published an interview with me about empathy and empathy training.  The video (from the ancient iMac in my office at work) is a bit fuzzy, but I'm pleased to see the interview up on Edwin's website and available at:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Adventures Resume: Alloa Tower and the Pineapple

Entry for 30 April 2016:

Diane and I finally got a free Saturday today: We're both in town; we've sent our tax stuff to our American accountant; and there's no EFT training this weekend. 

So: After studying the possibilities, we decided to take in a couple of National Trust for Scotland properties in Clackmannanshire today. (That's the bit of Scotland that's squeezed in between Stirling and the Ancient Kingdom of Fife.) Alloa Tower is a well-restored castle keep on the old road between Edinburgh and Stirling, two of the main centres of power in Scotland for the Stewart royalty between 1500 and 1700. So we enjoyed a pleasant ramble around the 4 floors of the this structure, talking to the guides, looking at the large collection of interesting paintings. During the 10 minutes we were outside admiring the panorama views up at the top of the tower we even got to experience the latest of a series of late April Scottish hail storms. 

After that, we needed a bit more, so we hunted down an architectural folly a few miles away, called The Pineapple, because in fact it's topped by a tower in the shape of, well, a giant pineapple. Apparently, pineapples became of fad among the nobility in the 17th and 18th century Britain, leading to the creation of special greenhouses for growing them. It was a bit status symbol to be able to given others' a pineapple as an act of hospitality. Nothing says "Welcome", or "Thank you" like a fresh pineapple!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy 2016 Level 1 Training, University of Strathclyde 30 Aug - 2 September 2016


Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy
2016 Level 1 Training
Tuesday 30 August – Friday 2 September 2016, 
09.30 – 17.00
Venue:  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Facilitated by Robert Elliott and Lorna Carrick

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 again pleased to offer Level One professional training in this approach to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists (Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Level or above).

Now in its eleventh year at the University of Strathclyde, 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 is the only official Emotion-Focused Therapy level 1 training offered in the UK. 
  • This course could be taken for continuing professional education credit.

Cost: On or before 15 July 2016: £445; after 15 July 2015: £495
In order to keep costs to a minimum, catering is not included.

Register soon via our online shop at:

Contact: or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this training, the facilitators, ways of applying for this course or other APT events



Les Greenberg to present 2-day EFT workshop in London 31 May - 1 June

Les Greenberg is going to be presenting a 2 day EFT workshop in London 31 May - 1 June:

Emotion-focused therapy: The transforming power of affect.

For more information, go to:

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Where Can You Find the Supplemental Materials for the Learning Emotion Focused Theory (2004)?

When the new website was set up about a year ago, the supplemental materials for Elliott et al. (2004), Learning Emotion Focused Therapy were supposed to be transferred over to it; however, it has turned out not to be possible to do this so ar, due to lack of technical expertise, at least until we get a webmaster.  In the meantime, here is link to a zip file with all the supplemental materials in it: Dropbox file containing Learning Book supplemental materials

You'll need to unzip the file, which will generate a folder with all the supplemental materials in Word documents by chapter.  Not an elegant solution but hopefully it will make this material available in the meantime until we can do better.  It would be helpful is someone would let me know they have a problem with any of this.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday at St. Mary's from the Point of View of Mary of Nazareth

Today, 25 March, is both Good Friday and also the date for the Feast of the Annunciation, being 9 months before Christmas. This hasn't happened since 1951 (when I was a 10-month-old baby) and won't happen again until 2046.

Today, for the traditional noon-to-3pm Good Friday service at our church, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, our two priests (technically provost and vice-provost) Kelvin and Cedric decided they'd look at the Crucifixion from Mary's point of view. After all, she was the person who knew Jesus best.

So what we did for 3 hours was to journey with Mary through the story of all that she had gotten herself into, when -- in the words of the lovely John Bell song that we ended with -- she said at the Annunciation to the Archangel Gabriel: "Tell God I say yes".

Somehow, this was the most moving Good Friday service I've ever been to.   I had many thoughts during and after, as I walked home down a busy Great Western Road, among them:  The different chapters of this story, all of which we peeked into during our pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, especially Mary's little underground room that we saw at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the high point of our pilgrimage the Holy Land last May; also my mother's fascination with Mary and the Goddess and her own spiritual journey, and my own connection to that.  But more than anything, the meaning of the word, "Yes!": what it means to take that leap of faith, to give oneself to another person, to a principle, to God, to the Universe.
If you'd like to know more about this, go to: