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The Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy

We are both experienced relational therapists and trainers in the Emotionally Focused Therapy model. Our mission is to create content to support and challenge therapists' growth in addressing relational distress from an attachment perspective.

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Recent Episodes of The Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy


90. The Differentiation & Enmeshment Discussion-1.0: What Scares Therapists

90. The Differentiation & Enmeshment Discussion-1.0: What Scares Therapists

Welcome to the Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Drs. James Hawkins, Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

In this installment of our series "What Scares Therapists," James and Ryan discuss the relationship between enmeshment and differentiation from an attachment perspective. 

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Episode 92 10 July 2024 43m and 1s


89. What Scares Therapists: When the Client Demands A "Fix It" Solution

89. What Scares Therapists: When the Client Demands A "Fix It" Solution

Welcome to the Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Drs. James Hawkins, Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

In this installment of our series "What Scares Therapists," James and Ryan delve into their experiences with the pressure to fix things for their clients. They discuss the anxiety and responsibility that comes with this demand and share their strategies for responding to...

Episode 91 26 June 2024 27m and 26s


88: The Secret of Sue's Brilliance: Empathy, Empathy, Empathy

88: The Secret of Sue's Brilliance: Empathy, Empathy, Empathy

Welcome to the Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Drs. James Hawkins, Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

In this episode, James discusses a key takeaway from his time at the EFT World Summit 2024 in the Netherlands. He highlights Sue's stance on the power of empathy, emphasizing how it can promote deeper understanding and connection with our clients, even in moments...

Episode 90 26 June 2024 17m and 15s


87. What Scares Therapists: Highly Distressed But Highly Avoidant Couple Presentation

87. What Scares Therapists: Highly Distressed But Highly Avoidant Couple Presentation

Welcome to the Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Drs. James Hawkins, Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

 

In this installment of our series "What Scares Therapists," we delve into the complex dynamics of couples who present with significant distress yet remain avoidant about sharing their emotional experiences. Join us as we explore the challenges and strategies for engaging with these c...

Episode 89 10 June 2024 34m and 57s


86. What Scares Therapists: Responding to Enactments (Red Lights)

86. What Scares Therapists: Responding to Enactments (Red Lights)

Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

This is the third episode of our series, "What Scares Therapists." In this episode, we follow up on the concept of the light system as a way to read the openness to proceed in enactments. We specifically covered "red light" responses. 

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Episode 88 23 May 2024 40m and 35s


85. What Scares Therapists: Responding to Enactments (Green & Yellow Lights)

85. What Scares Therapists: Responding to Enactments (Green & Yellow Lights)

Welcome to the Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Drs. James Hawkins, Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

This is the second episode of our series, "What Scars Therapists." In this episode, we introduce the concept of the light system as a way to read the openness to proceed in enactments. We specifically covered green and yellow lights, and in the...

Episode 87 15 May 2024 34m and 52s


84. (Series) What Scares Therapist: 3 Areas that Can Be Disorienting

84. (Series) What Scares Therapist: 3 Areas that Can Be Disorienting

Welcome to the Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Drs. James Hawkins, Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

In this episode, we launch a new series addressing clinical experiences that scare therapists. In the first episode, we discuss how therapists can become disoriented in moments of reactivity. 

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Episode 86 7 May 2024 21m and 35s


83. Honoring Sue Pt2: Trusting and Working with Emotion

83. Honoring Sue Pt2: Trusting and Working with Emotion

Dr. Sue Johnson is the founder and leading authority on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a type of therapy that helps individuals, couples and families improve their relationships by understanding and managing their emotions. She has written dozens of books on the topic, including the bestsellers “Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love,” “Attachment Theory in Practice,” and “A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy.” Dr. Johnson is also the founder of ICEEFT and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to the field of psychology, including the Order of Canada, The Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement...

Episode 85 1 May 2024 28m and 33s


82. Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sue Johnson

82. Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson is the founder and leading authority on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a type of therapy that helps individuals, couples and families improve their relationships by understanding and managing their emotions. She has written dozens of books on the topic, including the bestsellers “Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love”, “Attachment Theory in Practice” and “A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy”. Dr. Johnson is also the founder of ICEEFT and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to the field of psychology, including the Order of Canada, The Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement...

Episode 84 24 April 2024 28m and 49s


81. Reluctance as the Leading Edge- A Stage 2 Focus

81. Reluctance as the Leading Edge- A Stage 2 Focus

Welcome to the Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Drs. James Hawkins, Ph.D., LPC, and Ryan Rana, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ICEEFT Therapists, Supervisors, and Trainers. Thank you for listening. We hope this experience helps you push the leading edge in your work to help people connect with themselves and each other.

In this episode of the stuck series, we discuss the importance of seeing and working with reluctance. Our primary focus is working with reluctance in stage 2, but we do note how reluctance shows up in stage 1.  The premise is that reluctance is actually t...

Episode 83 9 April 2024 32m and 3s

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