Michelle Webster - Portrait

Being an EF Practitioner



Dear Practitioner,


Hello, I am Dr Michelle Webster, the Director of the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Welcome to our 2017 program. Please take a moment or two to read what we are planning for you.



  • Have you tasted Emotionally Focused work?

  • Many practitioners have found that Emotionally Focused counselling fits with them because it allows so many options and opportunities to work with feelings. In addition to feelings, we work with the thinking and expectations as well as the behaviours involved in emotional experiences.
  • Tasting the Institute's program: Are you interested in seeing what Emotionally Focused work can offer? Then have a look at our 2-day workshops in the Counselling section. Together with my colleagues, Clare, Lisa, Maria and Toni we will present the many verbal and creative interventions that can be employed to facilitate a client's awareness and processing of emotional experience. In each workshop the relevant theory will be presented alongside the evidenced-based process and outcome research. Audio and video tapes of both demonstration and clinical work as well as live demonstrations will be used to illustrate the process. These workshops can be credited towards the postgraduate programs.


  • Are you interested in Emotionally Focused work? Are you needing continuing professional development for your registration as an allied health care provider for Medicare or your professional association?

  • Continuing professional development: Do come to our workshops as they will provide you with accredited ongoing professional development that can be accrued for the requirements of Medicare and your professional association. Each workshop provides theory and research findings, protocols and demonstrations as well as opportunities for facilitated practice.


  • Are you interested in becoming an Emotionally Focused practitioner?

  • To call yourself an Emotionally Focused practitioner, you need to be working from the theoretical underpinnings of the approach in a coherent and sustained manner. I have found that this requires us to develop ongoing and consistent reflection and EF supervision as we develop clinical competency using the approach.
  • Being an EF practitioner: If you want to become an Emotionally Focused practitioner, what might that entail? It means completing the six 2-day workshops and 2 clinical days. You will be experiencing Emotionally Focused work and observing videos of clinical sessions. You will be learning and practicing some lovely user-friendly protocols. Follow this link for the details of our two postgraduate programs.



  • At the Institute, our first love is working as practitioners. We spend a lot of time reflecting, researching and developing protocols for practitioners. We have discovered emotional signatures and our first research paper was published in the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA) in 2015. We have developed protocols that are user-friendly, that respect the client and enable them to emotionally grow and heal through awareness, experiencing and expressing emotional experiences as well as using the therapeutic relationship as the crucible for holding and caring for our clients.

  • Click here to read some praise from practitioners who have attended our programs and workshops either as a post-graduate candidate or for continuing professional development.>


  • My own journey as an Emotionally Focused practitioner involved understanding the theoretical underpinnings and assumptions of the approach as well as learning and then revising or developing protocols for a variety of interventions. At the Institute all of my colleagues have found that we needed time to immerse ourselves in the model before working out how to integrate our previous training.

  • I look forward to welcoming you into our 2017 Program and your enjoyment of our Institute courses.


  • Warm regards
  • Dr Michelle Webster


  • Member of The International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy