Gestalt/Experiential Training of Maine

My Current Favorite EFT Book

Two years ago, Dr. Ladislav Timulak, a Slovak-born, Irish psychologist, produced an excellent explication of Emotion-Focused Therapy called Transforming Emotional Pain in Psychotherapy: An Emotion-Focused ApproachIt draws on the most recent EFT theory, and clearly describes the emotional territory traversed during a successful EFT therapy.

TEPIn EFT theory, each folk category of emotion (anger, joy, sadness, fear, etc.) can, in principle, function variously as a primary adaptive, primary maladaptive, secondary reactive, or instrumental emotion. Anyone trained in EFT will tell you this.

In practice, though, we psychotherapists don’t really see all of these theoretical possibilities in our offices. The common forms of core emotional pain — and the sequences of emotional processing that most elegantly facilitate their transformation — are not quite so infinite.

Dr. Timulak, building on the work of Dr. Antonio Pascual-Leone and Dr. Les Greenberg, clears the brush for us, and provides us with clear clinical maps for recognizing and resolving the basic types of core emotional pain with which our clients present.

Irv Yalom once observed that most (nonfiction) books are just bloated essays. I agree, and I’ve always appreciated a well-written, solid book of 150 pages that gets to the point without too much redundancy. I’m happy to report that Transforming Emotional Pain is just such a book.

Highly recommended!

Experiential Therapy Training Group 2017-2018

GETME is Proud to Announce the 2017-2018 Experiential Therapy Training Group:

Listening11This is a group to introduce clinicians to Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Focusing, giving a thorough grounding in the basics, up to an intermediate level. We will also begin the study of Emotion-Focused Therapy, which is an integration of these approaches. The training will consist of six units, each building on the last, exploring the basic theory and practice of experiential/humanistic and neo-humanistic therapies.

The group will meet approximately twice a month, from September until June. There will be readings assigned for each unit. Each meeting will last two hours, and will include didactic lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises. Members will then have the opportunity to bring the interventions back to their practices, and bring their questions back to the group. In this fashion, over the course of the year, members will gradually integrate the fundamentals of experiential therapy into their personal therapeutic repertoire.

A key element of the training is the experiential exercises, where participants will have the opportunity to observe, receive, perform, and discuss each of the interventions we study.

Topics include:

Experiential Tracking/Following, including:

  • Empathic Attunement
  • Contact & Awareness
  • Projections, Introjections, Retroflections, Deflections, and Confluence
  • Depth of Experiencing
  • Emotional Process Diagnosis

Experiential Exploration, Including:

  • Exploratory Questions
  • Evocative Reflections
  • Empathic Conjectures
  • Refocusing
  • Process Observations

Initial Process-Guiding Interventions, Including:

  • Process Suggestions
  • Clearing a Space
  • Experiential Search

Trainer: Tom Kubasik, LCPC

When: Every other Friday Morning, from 10-12, beginning Autumn 2017 (Wednesday mornings may also be an option, if that works better for participants.)

Where: 131 Spring Street, Portland, Maine


  • Fully Licensed: $40/meeting
  • Conditionally Licensed: $30/meeting
  • Graduate Students: $20/meeting

Certificate of Contact Hours available.

Minimum of 3, Maximum of 6 participants


For more information, call Tom Kubasik, LCPC: (207) 699-4979

Toronto 2018 Training Schedule

Les_GreenbergLast week, the York University Psychology Clinic (Toronto) released it’s Emotion-Focused Therapy training schedule for 2018. The schedule can be found here.

The good news is, Les Greenberg himself is still offering training. The bad news is — it’s in Toronto. I can teach you quite a bit about EFT, but if you want to get it from The Man himself, you’ve got to travel.

I appreciate that it’s very expensive to do these large trainings, especially when you include travel, food, lodging, and no possibility of seeing any clients in the evenings to offset the income loss from taking a week off.

It’s become a dream of mine to bring official EFT trainers to Portland, so we Maine therapists don’t have to travel so far to get these essential formation experiences. If you’d be interested in something like this, please let me know!

Be sure to sign up for our mailing list, and it wouldn’t hurt at all to email me specifically that you’d be interested in attending an EFT training here.

What is Emotion-Focused Therapy?

GreenbergWorkingEmotion-Focused Therapy is a research-based integration of humanistic therapy approaches, particularly Person-Centered Therapy and Gestalt Therapy. I’m posting a paper here from 2007 that describes it in outline. (Ten years ago, they were still used the longer, clumsier name “Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy.” They’ve since come to just calling it Emotion-Focused Therapy, or EFT.)

If you love humanistic therapy, and want to know that the research base is there for these approaches, please know that Les Greenberg and his collaborators have been busy for decades with change-process research, showing the effectiveness of humanistic interventions. The theory and the research continue to grow and strengthen, and I’ll be posting other papers here on EFT.

Click here to see: The Essence of Process-Experiential/Emotion-Focused Therapy.