Calgary EFT Community

Introduction to Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy


Schedule: April 22nd, 2016
                  9:00 am – 4:45 pm
       Cost: $225.00
Location: Executive Royal Hotel Calgary,
                 2828 23 St. N.E.,
                               Presenter: Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Ph.D., R.Psych.
                                                  Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer

Workshop description

Relationship distress is the single most common reason for seeking therapy. It undermines family functioning and is strongly associated with depression and anxiety. EFT is a short-term approach that applies attachment theory to understand couple distress.

In three stages carried out within 12-24 sessions, EFT focuses on helping partners shift the emotional responses that maintain their insecure attachment bond and negative interactions. The therapist leads the couple away from conflict deadlock toward new bonding interactions, creating a renewed sense of love, closeness, and security. Drs. Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg developed EFT in the early 1980s. It has been rigorously researched and is now recognized as one of the most delineated and empirically validated approaches in the field of couple therapy.

EFT also lends itself well to working with couples where one or both partners are suffering from specific problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, a history of trauma, low sexual desire and/or other sexual problems. Studies indicate that 70-75% of couples move from relationship distress to recovery. This presentation provides an introduction to EFT with illustrative case examples and video excerpts.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how attachment insecurity manifests in adult intimate relationships
  • Identify the three stages of EFT
  • Identify the negative interactional cycles that characterize distressed couples
  • Describe the role of emotion in facilitating change and begin to apply key interventions

About the Presenter:

Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Ph.D., R.Psych. Veronica is a certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor who has studied, practiced, and trained therapists extensively both locally and internationally.  She was first exposed to EFT as a graduate student at the University of Ottawa studying directly with Sue Johnson in the early 1990’s.

Passionate about growing and expanding EFT on the west coast, Veronica conducted the first EFT training in Vancouver in 2000. Interest in EFT has flourished in the Pacific North West since that time. Veronica co-founded the Vancouver Couple and Family Institute (VCFI) and Centre for EFT Training in 2005, and is currently one of its Directors. VCFI has since earned an international reputation for providing exceptional clinical service, training and consultation to therapists.  As a Clinical Associate at Simon Fraser University, Veronica also shares her knowledge supervising clinical psychology graduate students.

As a Certified EFT Trainer with 20 years of experience presenting in a variety of contexts, Veronica is widely sought after to train and consult with therapists in Canada, the United States and Australia. She is also excited about the 2015 release of her first book, co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald:  “An Emotionally Focused Workbook for Couples: The Two of Us”.

Known for her warm interpersonal style, workshop participants appreciate Veronica’s clinical expertise and authenticity as she walks you through the EFT roadmap.  As a participant commented at the end of the 2014 Edmonton Externship, “Veronica has a lovely, joyful, safe presence which enhanced my learning experience.  She clearly embodies secure attachment and I appreciated the congruence in her teaching and being.”  Veronica is excited to share her passion for EFT as she engages your mind and your emotions in learning this powerful model that transforms lives.