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Transforming Emotional Pain -
An Emotion-Focused Approach

About the Event

This seminar starts with theory of emotion and the principals of emotion change from the Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) approach.  There would be an experiential component where participants are guided to access their emotions through “focusing”.

This is followed by how painful emotion can be transformed by “chairwork”. This is done via a video presentation of an actual theory session. The key principles of chairwork would be covered.

A short break will follow to allow for reflections and networking. 

The second segment of the seminar is an interactive session with Sharon Lu, Clinical Psychologist at Institute of Mental Health. The topic is around the workbook that she has co-authored – Transforming Emotional Pain: An Emotion Focused Workbook. We will cover how this workbook could be adopted by clinicians. 

There will be a small group of EFT practitioners sharing their personal journeys of learning EFT; participants can understand what was challenging or rewarding, how EFT differs from other modalities and glean basic EFT takeaways of how to access and work with emotions in session.

This seminar is tailored for mental health professionals from various training backgrounds who are curious about Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) or wish to incorporate elements of EFT into their practice.

Find out more details about the book below.  

Details of Event

Date: 9 December 2023 (Saturday)

Time: 9am – 12pm

Venue: NTU@one-north campus (ONEC), 11 Slim Barracks Rise, Singapore 138664

Fee: $25 – come as a group (2 or more) for $5 off each ticket

Meet the Panel

Neo Eng Chuan

Founder of Caper Institute

Neo Eng Chuan is a certified EFT practitioner, approved trainer and supervisor by the International Society of Emotion-Focused Therapy. He is the founder of Caper Institute, the only institute in Singapore authorised to organise, conduct and deliver Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) training and has facilitated countless trainings and webinars alongside the co-founders of EFT. He is focused on growing the EFT community within Singapore and undertaking projects to further EFT research.

Sharon Lu

Principal Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Dr Sharon Lu has over a decade of experience in providing outpatient and inpatient psychological services to a wide range of clinical disorders ranging from depression, anxiety to schizophrenia and those with interpersonal conflicts. She regularly conducts EFT clinical supervision. She also worked as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology in the National University of Singapore. Sharon has a keen interest in emotion-focused work and the delivery of internet-based treatments to reduce treatment barrriers.


0900 - 1030 Theory of emotion/“chairwork”/"focusing"
1030 - 1100 Break/Networking (refreshments provided)
1100 - 1130 Transforming Emotional Pain - A chat with the book author
1130 - 1200 The joys and perils of an EFT therapist

About the Book

Transforming Emotional Pain presents an accessible self-help approach to mental health based on Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).

Based on the principles of EFT, and developed by clinicians and researchers, this client-focused workbook is designed to supplement psychotherapy and can also serve as a self-help book. It will help readers learn how to regulate feelings that are unpleasant and transform painful feelings, so that they can fulfil their needs and feel more connected and empowered in their lives. Providing a step-by-step sequential guide to exploring, embracing, and transforming emotions, the various chapters guide the reader to help overcome emotional avoidance, with sections on: transforming the emotional self-interrupter; transforming the inner self-worrier; transforming the self-critic; and healing from emotional injury.

This workbook can be used by trained therapists, mental health professionals, psychology professionals, and trainees as supplementary to their therapeutic interventions with clients. It can also be used by general readers with an interest in self-help literature and resources or anyone wanting to explore, embrace, and transform their emotions.

About Emotion-Focused Therapy

Emotions tell us what is important for us and whether our emotional needs are being ful- filled. They tell us whether we feel connected with our close ones, whether we are valued by the people whose opinions matter to us, or whether we feel safe in the world. We all want to have pleasant feelings and avoid unpleasant feelings. However, avoiding or disconnect- ing from unpleasant feelings can lead to more distress down the line as we are no longer in a position to listen to what these important feelings have to tell us. The main goal of EFT is to get a sense about what emotions are telling us in terms of our needs. Thereafter, we can start to find ways of intentionally meeting those needs within ourselves, in the relationships with people around us, and in pursuing our life projects. Therefore, the key focus of this workbook is to help you learn how to access your emotions, how to be able to stay with and transform them if needed so that you can carry on with things that feel difficult and live your life safely, fully, and connected to people around you.

Online Teaching 4 8 Tuesday 5pm 28 Hours (4 days) [less 30 min break]
Dedicated Skills Practice 2.5 2 Tuesday 5pm 5 Hours