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Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) with Lorrie Brubacher

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) extends Dr. Sue Johnson's model of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy to work with individuals. EFIT is a short-term approach that applies attachment theory to help individuals improve their emotional well-being and relationships.

Workshop Overview & Objectives:

Psychotherapy is most effective when it focuses on the healing power of emotional connection. Attachment theory provides proven techniques for treating the two common presenting problems in individual therapy - anxiety and depression. It provides a practical map for shaping love or secure attachment that positively impacts emotion regulation, social adjustment, and mental health (Johnson, 2019).  In EFIT, the therapeutic alliance is the heart from which emotion regulation and secure bonds with others and within self are shaped. Clients are helped to discover and validate inner emotional experience that can then be used as a guide for living. Confidence flows from secure connection with others, creating a safe haven and a secure base in the dynamic flow between interpersonal and internal worlds.

This workshop is for therapists who have discovered the power of EFT with couples and are looking for guidance on how to apply this deeply transformative approach to working with individuals.  Registrants will have had some exposure to EFT for couples, ideally, and EFT Externship.

Participants will be able to:

  • Adopt an attachment humanistic perspective on clients, problems, and interventions
  • Discover and distill core emotional experiences and promote emotional balance
  • Outline protective, self-defining and interactional iatrogenic patterns
  • Implement the 5 moves of the EFT Tango to shape corrective emotional experiences
  • Choreograph dramas that expand the self and open engagement with others
  • Integrate corrective emotional experiences into models of self and other
  • Validate the client's sense of competence and worth in every session

Presenter Information:

Lorrie Brubacher, MEd, RMFT (Canada), LMFT (NC) is the Founding Director of the Carolina Center for EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy). A certified trainer with the International Centre for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT), she has been an individual, couple, and family therapist since 1989. She is an adjunct faculty at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She trains internationally and publishes frequently on the topic of EFT, often with its originator, Dr. Sue Johnson. She co-developed EFT's first interactive video training program, has several training videos at and published Stepping into Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Key Ingredients of Change (2018).

Workshop Details:

The event will be held over two days, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on both Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14, 2020 at the School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, New Orleans, LA 70112.

This EFIT training is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who provide psychotherapeutic services to individuals, and this continuing education workshop provides 13 clinical hours. 

The registration fee is $285. Tulane University adjuncts, DSW students, faculty, and staff may contact us for discount codes.

Please fill out the online form to register. 

Payments can be made via credit card or via check or money order (payable to Tulane School of Social Work). Only MasterCard and Visa accepted. If you pay by check, payment should be mailed immediately after completing the online registration form. Your registration is NOT complete until we have received your payment.  For checks, please mail your payment to:

ATTN:  Jessica St. Pierre
School of Social Work
Tulane University #8906
127 Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112-2627

Your final registration is predicated on receiving your payment. Once your payment is received, you will receive an email confirming your registration into the program. Only at that time are you guaranteed a spot at the workshop.

In the event you cannot come to our program, please notify us 24 hours before the program begins, either by email (preferred) at or via phone at 504-247-1446.  We will refund the registration fee if notified 24 hours prior to the workshop. 

For more information, please contact Jessica St. Pierre at 504-247-1446.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 08:30 to Friday, February 14, 2020 - 16:30
Short description: 

The Tulane University School of Social Work is pleased to provide this two-day workshop from its its Center for Life Long Learning. Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) extends Dr. Sue Johnson's model of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy to work with individuals. Itis a short-term approach that applies attachment theory to help individuals improve their emotional well-being and relationships.

Admission is charged
Invitation status: 
Open to the public
Open to: 
Graduate students
Public contact name: 
Jessica St. Pierre
Public contact phone: 
Public contact e-mail:

Sponsored by:

Elk Place, Room 343
Other location info: 
The Tulane School of Social Work is located at 127 Elk Place. There are various surface lots in close proximity to the school that you use if you would like. The Saratoga Parking Garage is the closest parking garage and is located at 111 S. Saratoga St. The daily rate for the garage is $8, but the garage does have direct access to the school via the skywalk on the second floor.