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Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness & Compassion: A Relationship Worth Growing! – Niels Bagge, Shari Geller & Shigeru Iwakabe

In recent years mindfulness and compassion practices and theory has grown more popular and has...

Last updated 22 July 2024

In recent years mindfulness and compassion practices and theory has grown more popular and has informed psychotherapies from CBT to PCE therapies. This is also the case with Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) where the concept of presence and therapeutic presence has been explored with inspiration from mindfulness and self-compassion traditions. Practices of mindfulness and compassion have evolved in the EFT community like Emotion Focused Mindfulness Therapy, EFT RAIN practice and EFT Mindfulness Self-Compassion. We would like to continue a discussion of EFT and its relation to mindfulness and self-compassion.

The theme of this discussion is an investigation together between the discussants and the audience of how mindfulness and compassion practices and worldviews can cross fertilize with EFT, hopefully enriching both.

Some of the issues that we want to discuss are:

  • How can theory and practice from mindfulness and (self-) compassion and from EFT cross-fertilize and inform an emotion-focused self-actualization perspective?
  • How can home practices of mindfulness and self-compassion help clients to more easily access and transform emotion?
  • Do mindfulness and compassion practices have a place in EFT training?

We believe that a discussion of the place and potential for mindfulness and compassion within the EFT approach is a necessary discussion bringing EFT up to speed with other approaches harvesting mindfulness and compassion (CBT), and as a creative input for the further development of EFT practices and areas of use like self development, training etc. We hope for a lively and enriching discussion between ourselves and you, the audience.

Course Content

Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness & Compassion: A Relationship Worth Growing! - Niels Bagge, Shari Geller & Shigeru Iwakabe

organisation

World Association of Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling (WAPCEPC)

The World Association for Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling had its genesis in the mid 1990s after person-centred theoreticians and practitioners felt there was not an adequate representation of the PCA at the First World Conference on Psychotherapy (WCP) in July 1996.

Nearly 25 years since it was officially formed, our desire remains to be an identifiable, international organization serving as a world-wide forum.

For details of the upcoming PCE 2024 Conference please visit PCE24.com

Presenter

Dr Shari Geller, PhD.

Dr. Shari Geller is an author, clinical psychologist, and certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher, offering training modules in therapeutic presence internationally as part of a longer-term vision of having presence be a foundational training across psychotherapy approaches.

Shari co-authored the book, Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapeutic Relationships – 2nd Edition (2022) with Dr. Leslie S. Greenberg. Shari’s book: A Practical Guide For Cultivating Therapeutic Presence (2017), offers hands on tools and guidance for cultivating and strengthening presence in therapy. Shari is a co-editor on a new book: Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: A Clinical Handbook (manuscript in preparation).

Shari is part of the core faculty of the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) certificate program and is Membership and Networking Committee Chair for the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy (isEFT).

Shari is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health, in Toronto, where she offers training, supervision and therapy in Emotion-Focused therapy (EFT) and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion modalities for individuals and couples.

Niels Bagge

Niels Bagge, MA in psychology from University of Copenhagen, registered psychologist in private practice. EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer (ISEFT). Head of Institute for Emotion-Focused Therapy (Denmark), chair of Danish Society for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy, chair of organizing committee for PCE2022, co-founder of Danish Carl Rogers Forum.

Prof Shigeru Iwakabe, PhD.

Shigeru Iwakabe, Ph.D., is a professor in Clinical Psychology at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan. He conducts psychotherapy research on client emotional processes from an integrative perspective. Past president for The Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). Co-chair of research committee for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).

World Association of Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling (WAPCEPC)

The World Association for Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling had its genesis in the mid 1990s after person-centred theoreticians and practitioners felt there was not an adequate representation of the PCA at the First World Conference on Psychotherapy (WCP) in July 1996.

Nearly 25 years since it was officially formed, our desire remains to be an identifiable, international organization serving as a world-wide forum.