EFT Team

Erasmus+

EFT TEAM

Project Coordinator
Maiêutica

Carla Cunha

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Maiêutica

Cláudia Azevedo

Maiêutica

Alexandre Sousa

Maiêutica

Beatriz Viana

University of Strathclyde

Robert Elliott

University of Strathclyde

Lorna Carrick

Institut für Emotionsfokussierte Therapie

Lars Auszra

Institut für Emotionsfokussierte Therapie

Imke Herrmann

Counseling Psychology

Ladislav Timulak

Comillas University

Rafael Jódar Anchía

Emotion Focused Therapy Clinic

Ciro Caro

Psychology Department at Comillas University

Juan Pedro Núñez

Instituto Universitário da Maia

João Salgado

Instituto Universitário da Maia

Eunice Silva

Portuguese Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy

Susana Almeida

Portuguese Society of Emotion Focused Therapy

Marina Monteiro

Catholic University of Louvain

Kurt Renders

University of Lausanne

Ueli Kramer

Emotion Focused Therapy Institute Netherlands

Juliette Becking

Institut for Emotionsfokuseret Terapi)

Niels Bagge

Webster University’s Graduate Counselling Program

Catalina Woldarsky Meneses

Trinity College Dublin

Daragh Keogh

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Carla Cunha is a Clinical and Health Psychologist, specialized in Psychotherapy and Professor at ISMAI where she teaches Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) at the PhD program in Psychology and coordinates the MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology. She is a Clinical and Health Psychologist, with an advanced specialization in Psychotherapy, according to the Portuguese Association of Psychologists (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses), and is a trained EFT therapist, recognized by the ISEFT (International Society for Emotion-focused therapy).

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Carla Cunha will coordinate the project, becoming involved in the development of Intellectual Outputs regarding the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Portugal, the Good Practice Guides for EFT training/supervision and the digital platform to disseminate and support EFT practice.

Carla Cunha has participated previously in several projects for the treatment of depression, like the project “Decentering and Change in Psychotherapy” (2010 – 2013), which involved the practice of EFT and “iCare4Depression: Combining face to face psychotherapy with digital mobile and internet solutions” (since 2016), both funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the project “STOP Depression: Stepped Care Treatments and Digital Solutions for Depression and Suicide Prevention in Primary Care, funded by the EEA Grants (European Economic Area) by Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.

Claudia Azevedo, from ISMAI, has wide experience in coordinating Erasmus+ and other EU funded Projects and she is now involved in the management aspects of the EmpoweringEFT@EU project. This project aims to disseminate Emotion-Focused Therapy in countries like Portugal and Spain and support new therapists for the implementation of this effective and innovative psychotherapy treatment for emotional disorders.

Claudia Azevedo has a degree in management and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Bologna. She has accumulated significant experience in project cycle management (design, execution, monitoring and evaluation). Claudia lived abroad for about 5 years, in different continents, studying, working and volunteering. She mentors and coordinates projects in the field of social innovation, with special interest for the area of education.

Alexandre Sousa, PhD in Computer Science, heads the Department of Communication Sciences and Information Technology at ISMAI and coordinates the MSc in Information Technology, Communication and Multimedia. In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Alexandre Sousa will be involved in setting up the digital platform to support the dissemination of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) in the several languages of the partners (Portuguese, Castellan/Spanish, German and English) and support the training and supervision of new EFT therapists for the implementation of this effective and innovative psychotherapy treatment for emotional disorders.

Alexandre Sousa was a researcher in several previous international projects, like: Alert – Emergency Room Tracking (2001-2003), Manchester – Emergency Room Triage (2002), Eureka E!2235IKF Information Knowledge Fusion (2000-2005). He was also the technical director and the project leader, of e-government and digital cities projects like Maia Digital (2003-2004) and Porto Digital (2005-2008); this later project built Porto’s city optical fiber telecommunications network.

Beatriz Viana is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at ISMAI with a Master’s in Clinical and Health Psychology. Currently doing her professional year to become a full member of the Portuguese Association of Psychologists (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses), she is starting her career as a clinical and health psychologist and developing her PhD project within the field of deliberate practice and the training of psychotherapists. Currently, she is a research assistant in the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, where her role involves supporting project management and researching issues pertinent to the dissemination of Emotion-Focused Therapy in Portugal and the support of new therapists in this effective and innovative psychotherapeutic treatment for emotional disorders.

Robert Elliott is a Professor of Counseling and Clinical Psychology from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland – UK). Currently a board member of the International Society for Emotion-focused therapy (ISEFT), he is one of the founders of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), with many publications and books in this field, and has trained and supervised several generations of EFT therapists around the world. He is an expert in process and outcome psychotherapy research and has conducted major overviews and meta-analysis of research in EFT and related humanistic and experiential psychotherapies.

He served as President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (2000-2001) and was co-editor of the journal Psychotherapy Research. In 2008 he received the Carl Rogers Award for Contributions to Humanistic Psychology from the American Psychological Association, as well as the Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Robert Elliott will be involved in in developing and implementing innovative Training Courses to train new EFT trainers and supervisors from abroad and in the development of Good Practices guides for EFT training and supervision.

Lorna Carrick is an experienced EFT therapist and supervisor and helps run EFT training at the University of Strathclyde, where she teaches on the MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling. She has over 30 years’ experience in the field of mental health and 20 years’ experience as a Person-centered/experiential therapist, with a background in project development within the mental health field.

Lorna Carrick is an experienced psychotherapy trainer, specialized in linking theory to clinical practice and using experiential teaching methods to facilitate both academic and professional learning.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Lorna Carrick will be involved in developing innovative Training Courses to train new EFT trainers and supervisors and in the development of Good Practices guides for EFT training and supervision.

Lars Auszra, from Institut für Emotionsfokussierte Therapie – IEFT, is a graduate psychologist, lecturer, teaching therapist and clinical supervisor. Currently a board member of the International Society for Emotion-focused therapy (ISEFT) and of the German Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (DeGEFT), Lars Auszra is a qualified therapist in Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-focused therapy (certified international trainer and supervisor), Emotion-focused couples therapy and Integrative trauma therapy. He co-founded The Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy (IEFT) in Germany, an institute that offers continuing education courses in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). For many years, the IEFT has been training therapists from various schools who experience emotion-focused work as an enormous enrichment of their therapeutic activities.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Lars Auszra will be involved in developing and implementing innovative Training Courses to train new EFT trainers and EFT supervisors from abroad and in the development of Good Practices guides for EFT training and supervision.

Imke Herrmann, from Institut für Emotionsfokussierte Therapie – IEFT, is a graduate psychologist, lecturer, teaching therapist and supervisor. She is currently a member of the Bavarian Chamber of Psychotherapists, of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) and of the German Society for Emotion-focused Therapy (DeGEFT). Imke Herrmann is a qualified therapist in Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-focused therapy (certified international trainer and supervisor), Emotion-focused couple therapy and Integrative trauma therapy.

She is also a co-founder of The Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy (IEFT), an institute that offers continuing education courses in Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) recognized and certified by the ISEFT (International Society for Emotion-focused Therapy – ISEFT). For many years the IEFT have been training therapists from various schools who experience emotion-focused work as an enormous enrichment of their therapeutic activities.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Imke will be involved in developing and implementing innovative Training Courses to train new EFT trainers and supervisors and in the development of Good Practices guides for EFT training and supervision.

Ladislav (Laco) Timulak is an Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology and Course Director of the Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Emotion-focused Therapy Institute – Ireland (iEFT). He has extensive training experience in EFT. He has been involved in a number of research studies on the process and outcome of psychotherapy. He is an expert and international trainer in Emotion-Focused Therapy and collaborated with leading experts in this form of therapy in conducting major overviews of research in EFT and related humanistic and experiential psychotherapies.

Ladislav Timulak adapted Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (project funded by the Irish Health Research Board), and this work was published by Routledge: Transforming Emotional Pain in Psychotherapy [2015] and Transforming Generalized Anxiety [2017]. Currently, he is running a trial on EFT as transdiagnostic treatment for emotional disorders.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Ladislav Timulak will be involved in developing and implementing Training Courses to train new EFT trainers and EFT supervisors and in the development of Good Practices guides for EFT training and supervision.

Rafael Jódar Anchía is an Associate-Professor at Comillas University. He is the Director of the Master program in Experiential-Humanistic Psychotherapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and the clinical coordinator at the Comillas University Psychology Clinic. He is a certified therapist and supervisor by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT). He teaches Humanistic Psychotherapy and Introduction to Emotion-Focusing Therapy to undergraduate and graduate students.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Rafael Jódar Anchía will be involved in the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Spain and in the development of the Good Practices Guide for EFT training/supervision.

Ciro Caro, PhD in Psychology, was trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) at the Emotion Focused Therapy Clinic (York University, Toronto) and is a collaborating-professor at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid. He also participates in the Editorial Board of the Revista de Psicoterapia and a member of the Editorial Board of Educators Magazine (FERE-EC).

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Ciro Caro will be involved in the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Spain and in the development of the Good Practices Guides for EFT training/supervision.

Juan Pedro Núñez Partido is an Associate-Professor and Director of the Psychology Department at Comillas University. He is a certified humanistic psychotherapist by the FEAP (Spanish Federation of Psychotherapy Associations). His areas of research involve emotion and its relationship with conscious and unconscious information processing. He is a clinical supervisor of graduate students in the general health psychology master’s program.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Juan Pedro Núñez will be involved in the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Spain and in the development of the Good Practices guides for EFT training/supervision.

João Salgado is the President of the SPTFE – Portuguese Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy and an Associate Professor at ISMAI. He is a Clinical and Health Psychologist and Psychotherapist, accredited by the Portuguese Association of Psychologists (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses). He is co-Coordinator of the Research Group within the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy. João Salgado has been involved in several research and training activities in EFT in Portugal. He was project leader of “Decentering and Change in Psychotherapy” (2010 – 2013), a study involving the practice of EFT as an innovative treatment in Portugal; “iCare4Depression: Combining face to face psychotherapy with digital mobile and internet solutions” (2016-present), both funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT); and “STOP Depression: Stepped Care Treatments and Digital Solutions for Depression and Suicide Prevention in Primary Care”, funded by EEA Grants.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, João Salgado will be involved in the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Portugal and in the development of the Good Practices Guides for EFT training/supervision.

Eunice Silva is the Vice-President of the SPTFE – Portuguese Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy. Eunice Silva is a Clinical and Health Psychologist working in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto (IPO – Porto), which is the main hospital for Cancer Treatment in the North of Portugal. She has wide experience in EFT with cancer patients. Accredited by the Portuguese Association of Psychologists’ (Order of Portuguese Psychologists) as Psychologist, with specialization in Clinical and Health Psychology and an Advanced Specialization in Psychotherapy, Eunice Silva is also a Member of the International Society for Emotion-focused therapy (ISEFT).

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Eunice Silva will be involved in the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Portugal and in the development of the Good Practices guides for EFT training/supervision.

Susana Almeida is a member of the board of the SPTFE – Portuguese Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy, and is a Clinical and Health Psychologist in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto (IPO – Porto), where she is also developing her PhD project applying Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) to treat people with cancer.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Susana Almeida will be involved in the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Portugal and in the development of the Good Practices guides for EFT training/supervision.

Marina Monteiro is a board member of the SPTFE – Portuguese Society of Emotion Focused Therapy (https://www.facebook.com/sptfe). She is a Clinical and Health Psychologist accredited by the Portuguese Association of Psychologists (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses), with clinical experience mainly in EFT with adults. Marina is currently a PhD student at ISMAI (University Institute of Maia) where she develops research in the field of Therapist Competence in Emotion Focused Therapy. In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Marina will be involved in the training and supervision of new EFT therapists in Portugal and in the development of the Good Practices Guides for EFT training/supervision.

Kurt Renders is a clinical psychologist, with experience in Emotion Focused Therapy and Existential Therapy. Kurt is responsible for coordinating the post-graduate program in Person-Centred therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Existential Therapy in the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) (https://uclouvain.be/en/index.html). He has wide international experience as an EFT trainer EFT and is a member of the Focus on Emotion training center (Belgium), maintaining a private practice in Antwerp. In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Kurt Renders will be involved as an Expert EFT Trainer/Supervisor in the critical review and translation of intellectual outputs.

Ueli Kramer, PhD, is an Associate Professor (private-docent), psychotherapy researcher and clinical psychotherapist at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research – SPR Europe (https://www.psychotherapyresearch.org/). He has received many awards in recent years: he is co-recipient of the 2015 Inger Salling Award, recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, of the 2016 Hamburg GePS Award for Personality Disorders, of the 2018 Marvin Goldfried New Researcher Award of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and of the 2019 AEMD Marina Picasso Award.

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Ueli Kramer will be involved in developing a digital platform to support EFT training, supervision and practice, and also to collect data for EFT research.

Juliette Becking is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist and founder of EFTiN – Emotion Focused Therapy Institute Netherlands (https://www.eftin.nl/). Juliette was the first EFT trainer in the Netherlands and was cofounder of Apanta-ggz and the Apanta-academy. Since 2017, she has been a member of the ISEFT (International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy) board and works for the dissemination of Emotion Focused Therapy. In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Juliette Becking will be involved as an Expert EFT Trainer/Supervisor in the critical review and translation of intellectual outputs.

Niels Bagge is a clinical psychologist in private practice and president of IEFT (Institut for Emotionsfokuseret Terapi) Denmark (https://www.ieft.dk/), where he trains and supervises in EFT and other Person-Centered and Experiential (PCE) methods. He has a master’s in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen, is an authorized psychologist in Denmark, and is recognized as specialized in psychotherapy and supervision by the Danish Psychological Association. Niels is an experienced EFT therapist who started his training in Emotion-Focused Therapy in 2003 with Les Greenberg. He is a certified EFT therapist, EFT supervisor and EFT (local) trainer, as recognized by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT). He is co-founder of the Danish Carl Rogers Forum, and the Danish Society for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy (DSPOP) of which he is also the current president. He is chair of the organizing committee for the 15th world conference for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and counseling in 2022 in Copenhagen (PCE2022 – www.pce2022.com). Niels has written on EFT and presents regularly at international conferences. He is engaged in practice research and practice research networks (PRN). In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project Niels will head the Danish translation team (with Daniel Hoffman and Steen Rassing) and review the main intellectual outputs.

Catalina Woldarsky Meneses, PhD., is a clinical psychologist in private practice based in Lausanne, Switzerland.  She is an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Graduate Counselling Program, Geneva campus. Catalina is also an ISEFT certified supervisor and trainer. Catalina is one of the founding members and current president of the Swiss Society for Emotion-Focused Therapies (EFT-CH).

 

In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Catalina Woldarsky Meneses will be involved in the development and critical review of the main intellectual outputs, namely the Training Courses to train new EFT trainers and EFT supervisors and use the contributions of this project to support, in the future, the establishment of EFT training institutes in Latin America, including in Chile, her country of origin.

Dr. Daragh Keogh (D.Couns.Psych.) is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. He is an Assistant Professor on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he is involved in training and supervising counselling psychologists. He is an EFT therapist and supervisor. He is a director of the Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy Ireland which runs ISEFT accredited trainings in EFT. He has also been trial manager on a number of open and randomised controlled trials investigating the development of EFT as a treatment for generalised anxiety and as a transdiagnostic intervention. In the EmpoweringEFT@EU project, Daragh will assist with the development of resources for training and supervision.

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