Intro to Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy for Therapists

Primary Faculty: Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW
Guest Faculty: Dr. Serine Warwar
Dates: January 15 & 16, February 12 & 13, and March 12 & 13, 2022
Times: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm with a 1-hour lunch break
Early Bird Rate: $1160 (available until October 15, 2021 with Limited Enrollment)
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This online EFMT therapist training includes didactic instruction, discussion, and experiential training and coaching in meditation, journaling, sharing meditation experience, empathically exploring others’ meditation, and facilitating deeper therapeutic processing in oneself and others. In the experiential part of the training, we share and work on our own personal experience, rather than role playing.

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFMT)

This is an opportunity for therapists to learn the EFMT approach which can be applied in an individual or group format. EFMT is a style of mindfulness meditation that cultivates gentle curiosity and self-compassion to help people process their issues and core concerns and to develop more genuine ways of relating to themselves, others, and the world. This approach integrates mindfulness-based interventions into Emotion-Focused Therapy, which promotes emotional awareness, acceptance, expression, regulation, understanding, and transformation of emotion using active interventions such as empathic exploration, focusing, and chair work.


During this training, participants will learn to:

  • Enhance their therapeutic relationship with clients
  • Embody and convey EFMT attitudes such as compassion, empathy, and responsiveness in introducing clients to meditation practice
  • Calm and ground clients overwhelmed by emotional arousal or dissociation using guided practices
  • Empathically explore clients’ meditation experience in a way that integrates deeper therapeutic processes
  • Provide focused psychoeducation to help clients integrate deeper therapeutic process into their meditation
  • Develop your own EFMT meditation practice, enhancing self-care and therapeutic presence
  • Provide EFMT in group or individual therapy format

Who is This For?

This training is for regulated mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy such as social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, or GP psychotherapists. If you wish to participate but you are not a regulated mental health professional, please email us to discuss before registering for the course.

Faculty for EFT Therapist Training

Primary: Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, developed Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFMT) and presents his work internationally. He is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist at the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health, and the Mindfulness and Wellness Clinical Educator in the Health Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto. He worked at Mount Sinai Hospital for 22 years providing individual psychotherapy and leading and researching mindfulness groups, which led to the development of an EFMT group program. In addition, Bill provided Emotion-Focused Mindfulness wellness training for employees at Mount Sinai and Bridgepoint. He has trained and mentored mental health professionals in mindfulness for over fifteen years and has meditated for over thirty years.

Dr. Serine Warwar (Ph.D., C. Psych) is the Director of the York University Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic in Toronto, Ontario. She is also the founder and Director of the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health, a centre for: individual, couple, family, and group therapy; professional trainings; and a satellite training site for the Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) Clinic at York University. She co-developed an empirically validated EFT and research program to help couples and individuals resolve emotional injuries. In addition, her research has improved our understanding of emotional processing in therapy. She also provides supervision, training, and consultation to graduate students and therapists, and conducts international trainings and workshops on emotion for individuals and couples.