Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Hawai'i Level 1



September 30, 2021 - October 1, 2021

9am-4pm HST

EFIT Level 1

Hosted by Cindy Goodness Zane, PsyD, JD 

ICEEFT Certified Trainer, Supervisor, Therapist 

& the Hawai'i Community for EFT

EFIT Level 2 to come in 2022!


Meet Your Trainer

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Lorrie Brubacher, M.Ed

Lorrie is a registered marriage and family therapist, with 30 years of experience as an individual, couple and family therapist. She is an ICEEFT certified trainer with expertise in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which is one of the most researched and highly effective relationship counselling approaches. As an educator, Lorrie taught in Canada at the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and the University of British Columbia, and in the United States at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She provides consultation, supervision and training to individual, couple, and family therapists. Lorrie has authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles, made contributions to professional textbooks, and wrote the popular book, Stepping into Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Key Ingredients of Change (Routledge, 2018).

Workshop Description

          Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) is an attachment-based approach that extends Dr. Sue Johnson’s model of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) to work with individuals. EFIT offers an integration of humanistic experiential interventions focused on reshaping intrapsychic experience and systemic interventions focused on reshaping patterns of engagement with significant others. Emotion is given precedence because of its powerful role in structuring both inner experience and motivation and in shaping key patterns in relationships. Emotion links and organizes core experience and interaction. EFIT helps you to create corrective emotional experiences in individual therapy to shape safety and security with others and within self.

          Dr. Sue Johnson argues that 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). “But love is not only an end for therapy; it is also the means by which every end is reached” (Lewis, Amini, & Lannon, 2002).


          In EFIT, the therapeutic alliance is the heart from which emotion regulation and secure bonds with others and within self are shaped. Core attachment emotions are reprocessed to fuel corrective emotional experiences of love, between and within. 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.

          EFCT is best known as a potent couple intervention but has always, from its inception, been used in clinical practice with individuals, especially with clients dealing with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The most obvious way that EFIT differs from EFCT is that emotionally transformative dialogues focus on a client’s interaction with the therapist, with representations of attachment figures, or between aspects of self. It is important to note that, from an attachment perspective and an experiential perspective, the self is a process of constant construction which takes place in and is shaped by interactions with others. In all modalities EFT addresses self and relational system.

          This workshop will outline the theory and practice of EFIT, focusing on the primacy of emotion and the creation of a safe haven and a secure base alliance, core models of health and dysfunction from an attachment perspective including how within and between cycles interact and block growth and adaptation, a systematic sequence of interventions -the EFT Tango, as well as more micro-interventions, and how to stay with present processes in session to shape key change events. Didactic presentations will be accompanied by the viewing of EFIT sessions and experiential exercises.

Program Objectives

  1. Apply an attachment humanistic perspective on clients, problems and interventions.
  2. Create and revise core emotional experiences and promote emotional balance.
  3. Identify protective, self-defining and interactional iatrogenic patterns and the core components of emotional disorders.
  4. Utilize the 5 moves of the EFT Tango to shape corrective emotional experiences.
  5. Describe the micro-interventions of the EFT/EFIT model, e.g. reflection, heightening, conjecture.
  6. Create dramas that expand the self and open engagement with others.
  7. Design corrective emotional experiences that shift working models of self and other.
  8. Utilize and identify the client’s sense of competence and worth in session.
  9. Utilize corrective emotional experiences to resolve impacts of trauma.

Target Audience

Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Psychologists, Students in these professions

Level: Beginning, Intermediate


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Individual Therapy in the EFT Model 
-Opening & review of learning objectives
-Introduction – The basics of EFT Model –Attachment-based, experiential, systemic
-The attachment perspective and map –  EFIT is relational
-Central tasks across modalities of EFT
-The goals of EFIT/ View of “health”


-Attachment Strategies for Engagement / Emotion Regulation – The Problem as the Pattern
-Empathic Attuning and Reflecting Present Process -Role-play

-Lunch (1 hour)

-The EFT Tango – how EFIT is done 
-Clinical example video with exercises in breakout rooms


-Review of Tasks, Factors Central to Success: Task alliance, Emotional depth, Affiliative encounters
-EFT Interventions
-Personal Exercise on Stage 1 in dyads
-The EFT Model of Change – EFT Stages – Stabilization – Restructuring – Consolidation
-Summary of the Day / Discussion  – Q & A – Closure

Registration/Cancellation Policy


Cancellation requests received more than 30 days before the event will be refunded in full. Cancellation requests received 30 days or less before the event will receive a refund of the registration amount minus a $50 administration fee.

The organizer reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the event for reasons of safety, act of God, minimum number of participants have not registered or any circumstance that reasonably detracts from the educative purpose &/or learning objective of this training. If the event is cancelled by the organizer, registrants will be issued a full refund.

Requests to cancel, questions or concerns, please email to drcindygoodnesszane@gmail.com


Friday, October 1, 2021

Stages and Interventions in more depth with Clinical Examples and Exercises
Stage 1 Stabilization: 
-EFT Tango Moves in Stage 1 video and exercises
-Process of Emotion – Video of Travis – Emotion Hand-Dance
-Assessment – Alliance – Things to watch for in early sessions (Tango 1)
-Emotion Assembly and Deepening  (Tango 2)
-Shaping and Processing Encounters (Tango 3 and 4)
-Integrating (Tango 5)

Stage 2 Restructuring:
-Change Events – Deepening Emotion – Reshaping Defining Inner Dramas – video

Lunch (1 hour)

Overview of Stages of Change, Impasses, Next Steps
-Stabilization – end of Stage 1, Stage 2 distinguished from Stage 1, Markers end of Stage 2, Stage 3 Consolidation

-Therapist Strategies for Learning EFIT – Personal Goals – Level 2 EFIT training

Register for EFIT Hawai'i Level 1


Early Bird rate: $300

(expires @ 11:59 pm on 7/31/21 Hawaiʻi Time)


Regular rate: $325


Military rate: $300

Full-time Students/Interns: $250


ICEEFT Certified EFT Supervisors & Approved EFT Supervisors-In-Training: $162.50


To register, please take the time to fill out the information below.


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