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Tulane School of Social Work 
School of Social Work
Tulane University #8906
127 Elk Place, Rm 343
New Orleans, LA 70112-2627

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Jessica St. Pierre 
Tulane University School of Social Work 

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.

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.

The target audience includes licensed mental health practitioners who provide psychotherapeutic services to individuals.  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.


Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy trainings are designed for mental health professionals. This continuing education workshop provides 13 clinical hours. The cost of 1 ticket is $285. Tulane University adjuncts, DSW students, faculty, and staff may contact us for discount codes. Only Master Card and Visa Accepted.

Lorrie Brubacher, MEd, RMFT (Canada), LMFT (NC)

Lorrie Brubacher 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 http://steppingintoeft.com and published Stepping into Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Key Ingredients of Change (2018).


CANCELLATION POLICY -- In the event you cannot come to our program, it is important for you to notify us 24 hours before the program begins, either by email (preferred) at jstpierre@tulane.edu or via phone at (504)247-1446. We will refund the registration fee if notified 24 hours prior to the workshop.

Parking Information -- The Tulane School of Social Work is located at 127 Elk Place. Please see the location map.

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.

Questions? For more information, please contact Jessica St. Pierre @ (504)247-1446.