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Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy

Established in Sydney in 1999, The Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (IEFT) primary focus is to educate and train health and allied health practitioners such as counsellors, social workers and therapists, in the Emotionally Focused Therapy approach throughout Australia.

IEFT is a registered Higher Education provider and offers accredited
postgraduate training as well as ongoing professional development in
Emotion-Focused work.

Continuing Professional Development

The Institute offers CPD courses and workshops as ‘stand-alone’ subjects for continuing professional development for health practitioners such as psychiatrists, counsellors and social workers.

Flexible continuing professional development training

Our CPD training calendar makes the most of your time with one and two day CPD workshops with point and hour outcomes.

Accredited Postgraduate Programs

The Institute offers two postgraduate programs: Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling and a Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy

What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic modality which was developed in Canada in the mid-1980s by Dr Laura Rice, Dr Leslie Greenberg and Dr Sue Johnson.

EFT has since developed with further academic research and systematic reviews.


The higher education courses offered by IEFT provide theoretical, skills and personal development of practitioners, such as Counsellors, Social Workers or Psychiatrists, who wish to develop and expand their counselling and therapy expertise using the Emotionally Focused therapy, within an integrated framework that is respectful and honouring of heart, mind and spirit.

The aim of Emotionally Focused work is the regulation, debriefing, exploring and experiencing of emotions for the development of emotional health, thinking and understanding. The heart of the Emotionally Focused approach involves working with emotion at both verbal and creative levels.

The emphasis is on helping clients to remember, understand, and re-experience or feel their experiences and earlier emotional patterns, as appropriate. Emotionally Focused counselling and therapy focus on both present and past experiences, particularly the emotional responses and patterns underlying a person’s interactional stance towards others, and on the processing of these responses, to facilitate change.

Based on this rich and rewarding counselling and therapy model, our accredited postgraduate courses integrate this treatment methodology into the existing practice of health and allied health professionals. Graduates are able to work with clients and patients to achieve positive change in problematic emotional states and interpersonal relationships.

Student Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our students say:

The team is very warm, safe and caring. It is an environment that opens up the learning experience, making it enjoyable, relaxed and an educational experience you can apply from the very next day.

Postgraduate Student

My journey at IEFT has been like a rainbow — a path of personal and professional magic. Being guided, mentored by kind and genuine people has been an enriching experience.

Postgraduate Student

Thanks for making this such a positive learning experience and a safe place to practice… thanks always for your depth of preparation and putting yourself on the line in the service of our learning.

Workshop Attendee

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