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Masterclass for EFT Couples with Personality Disorder

Working with Clients Who are Highly Reactive, Non-Responsive or Have Difficulty Responding

with EFT Trainer, Karin Wagenaar

Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club

Straffan Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
W23 C2V1

Friday 20th — Saturday 21st September 2019
9:30am – 5:30pm Daily

Tea & Coffee Will be Served Morning & Afternoon

Cost: €290 before 5th September – €320 after the 5th September
(Cancellation fees are non-refundable after the 6th September)

Do you have difficulty with challenging clients that never seem to be making progress?
Where the process of reconnecting is very chaotic and complicated?

In this two-day presentation we will focus on working with couples with personality disorder. The diagnosis personality disorder can be understood as the result of multiple traumatic experiences together with insecure attachment. In a couple one or both partners can have trouble regulating their emotions. This problem is a result of (earlier) emotional neglect and/or abuse. In couples with this type of behavior, emotional connection is longed for and at the same time felt as too dangerous. Often there is a pattern of disorganized attachment. The partner is experienced as either too close or too distant. This leads to highly reactive emotions, and a loss of mentalizing capacity.

In this masterclass we will look at ways to help these struggling couples with EFT. EFT helps to regulate the intense interaction if done with diligence and in a slow and steady pace. Working with trauma demands patience and trust in the model. This masterclass will help guide you in staying on track when it comes to muddled emotions.

We will look at how we can help clients: regulate their intense emotions, stay in their window of tolerance and mentalize their emotions. We will also look at the challenges for the therapist in staying hopeful and remaining within their own window of tolerance.

We will look at tapes, do roleplays, and an opportunity to discuss therapist’s cases where possible and appropriate. This masterclass is suited for participants who have a basic understanding of Dr. Sue Johnson’s EFT model and who work with challenging clients. If you are interested in this masterclass but have no EFT background, we encourage you to contact us and discuss how we can offer you EFT introduction options where possible.

Karin Wagenaar

EFT Trainer: Karin Wagenaar

Karin Wagenaar is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, couple and family therapist in the Netherlands. She works in private practice as certified EFT therapist, supervisor and is an EFT trainer in the Netherlands, and many countries abroad.

She has been the clinical director of an inpatient clinic for clients with personality disorders. She worked with Mentalization Based Treatment in psychotherapy groups and with EFT in the couple groups. She is on the faculty of a Dutch Psychotherapy Training Institute, to teach systems therapy.

She is the founder and chair of the Dutch Foundation for EFT. She is an ICEEFT board member. She is the author of several articles on couples and of the book \”Relaties hoe doe je dat?\”(Relationships, how do you do it?) which is also translated in Hungarian.



Early Bird Fee: €290

Full Fee: €320 (After 5th September)

Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club

Straffan Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
W23 C2V1

Friday 20th — Saturday 21st September 2019
9:30am – 5:30pm Daily

Registration is on a first come, first served basis as places are limited.

Payment can be made by PayPal, cheque or electronic transfer.

IBAN: IE48AIBK93355425542012

Please e-mail [email protected] for electronic transfer details and address details to send a cheque that is payable to James Parrin.

Booking Information:

Welcome to our Masterclass for EFT Couples with Personality Disorder

A €100 deposit is required to secure your place, and also to ensure that your training event takes place.

Your payment is required in full by September 5th. This is so we can prepare and manage the hosting of your event.

Cancellation Information

Until 5th September
Cancellations are possible, and the fee will be refunded with the exception of the deposit, €100.This is due to the sourcing and preparation of the materials, speaker(s) fees, travel expenses, venue bookings and much more.

After 6th September
Fees and deposits cannot be refunded.

We are a heartfelt community, which means we understand there may be difficulty in paying in total initially. Please email us if you\’re finding it difficult to pay all at once. We want to support your participation on this workshop.

Registration Form: 

Contact James Parrin to register by phone: 087 202 9755

To secure your place please complete the registration form details below accompanied with the booking deposit. All fields are mandatory.

EFT Ireland is a community affiliated with ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy). ICEEFT’s focus is to foster research in the use of EFT, promote quality training and certification in EFT and as a tool and resource for couples and therapists. ICEEFT has a body of process research that demonstrates the rigorous studies conducted in the effectiveness of EFT. More details of these studies are available on