Meet Les 

Les Greenberg, Ph.D. is a full Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He is the Director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Center and one of the world’s leading authorities on working with emotions in psychotherapy.

Dr. Greenberg is among the primary developers of emotion focused therapy (EFT) for individuals and for couples.  He is co-author of some of the field's major texts, including: Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986) with Jeremy Safran; Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (1988) with Susan Johnson; Facilitating Emotional Change with Laura Rice and Robert Elliott; and Working with Emotions in Psychotherapy (1997) with Sandra Paivio.      

Dr. Greenberg is a founder of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), a founder of the Society for Constructivism in Psychotherapy (SCP), and a past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR).

Dr. Greenberg received the 2004 Distinguished Research Career Award of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, of which he was a past President. He recently was awarded the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for distinguished contribution to psychology as a profession.

He is on the editorial board of many psychotherapy journals, including the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Greenberg’s integrative work is celebrated by practitioners from diverse camps, including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal and solution-focused.

Dr. Greenberg’s professional publications include 102 peer-reviewed papers, 89 book chapters, and 17 books. Among his most influential writings are Emotion Focused Therapy: Teaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings (American Psychological Association, 2002), Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression (American Psychological Association, 2006), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (Guilford, 1988), Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love and Power (American Psychological Association, 2008), and Empathy Reconsidered: New Directions (American Psychological Association, 1997).

Dr. Greenberg uses a combination of lectures, videotape demonstrations, live role plays, supervised practice periods, and focused question & answer periods to maximize skill acquisition. His teaching is practical and specific. Workshop participants leave with techniques they can readily integrate into their everyday practices.

Dr. Greenberg’s workshops are renowned for their atmosphere of authenticity and warmth. His workshops have brought him critical acclaim throughout the United States and Canada, and in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

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