In this 50 minute introduction, Leslie Greenberg will present the fundamental principles of EFT. The main focus is on demonstrating key interventions using video. In addition, you will learn about the assumed mechanism of change in EFT and get introduced to a theory of how emotions might contribute to and maintain psychopathology?

Leslie Greenberg

In this 50-minute introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Janina Fisher will present the fundamental principles of the model. She will use video/exercises to demonstrate key interventions. Also, she will present the assumed mechanism of change in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and introduce the factors that are assumed to contribute to and maintain psychopathology?

Janina Fisher

In this 50-minute introduction, Diana Fosha presents the fundamental principles of AEDP. The main part of the presentation is devoted to demonstrating key interventions. You will also get an overview of the models assumed mechanism of change and what factors are thought to contribute to and maintain psychopathology.

Diana Fosha

In this 50-minute introduction, Paul Gilbert presents the fundamental principles of CFT. The main part of the presentation is devoted to demonstrating key interventions. You will also get an overview of the models assumed mechanism of change and what factors are thought to contribute to and maintain psychopathology.

Paul Gilbert

In this 50-minute introduction, Allan Abbass will present the fundamental principles of ISTD. The presentation will focus mainly on demonstrating key interventions. Also, you will get an overview of the models assumed mechanism of change and what factors are thought to contribute to and maintain psychopathology.

Allan Abbass

In this 50-minute introduction, Steven Hayes will present the fundamental principles of ACT. The main focus is on demonstrating key interventions using video. In addition, you will learn about the assumed mechanism of change in ACT and get introduced to a theory of what might contribute to and maintain psychopathology?

Steven Hayes
09.00 - 10.30
Plenary: Paul Gilbert & Allan Abbass

When love is hard to receive - Overcoming obstacles to letting in care and affection from self & others (videos and discussion)

Paul Gilbert & Allan Abbass

Shame and the body (Sensorimotor psychotherapy deepening) - Janina Fisher

Janina Fisher

How to connect with sadness (EFT deepening) - Leslie Greenberg

Leslie Greenberg

Compassion and anger (CFT deepening) - Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert

Love is the only thing (ACT deepening) - Steven Hayes

Unbearable emotions. Working experientially with complex trauma (videos and discussions)

Diana Fosha, Janina Fisher
09.00 - 10.30
Plenary: Steven Hayes & Leslie Greenberg

What changes when people change? - Mechanisms of change through different lenses (videos and discussions).

Steven Hayes, Leslie Greenberg

Resolving guilt and enhancing attachments (ISTDP deepening) - Allan Abbass

Allan Abbass

Joy, gratitude and awe - working at the edge of relational and transformational experience (AEDP deepening) - Diana Fosha

Diana Fosha

  • Advanced empathy in EFT: Building perceptual skills - Imke Herrmann & Lars Auszra

  • The Fragile Patient: Effective Capacity Building with ISTDP - Jonas Sharma-Bakkevig & Roger Sandvik Hansen

  • The Detached Patient: Facilitating Emotional Attachment with ISTDP - Filip Myhre & Bernt Langvasbråten

  • Being with It: Working Mindfully with Difficult Emotions - Jon Vøllestad & Elisabeth Shanche

  • Compassion and Creation of Meaning - Per-Einar Binder

  • Activation of Strong Client Emotions in Psychotherapy: What Does It Evoke in the Therapist? - Helene Nissen-Lie

  • When Emotions Become Overwhelming - Ingunn Holbæk & Katinka Salvesen

  • Embracing Emotions in Service of Vitality and a Meaningful Life - Thorvald Andersen & Asle Elen

  • Transgenerational Affect Phobia. How to Understand and Treat Symptoms Passed on from Generation to Generation - Kristin Osborn

  • I’m Sorry: The Emotional Healing Power of Apologizing - Joanne Dolhanty

  • How to Forward Mentalizing in Psychotherapy - The Emotionally Transparent and Available Therapist - Finn Skårderud

  • Transform Trauma – Using the AEDP Therapist’s Bold, Embodied Presence - SueAnne Piliero

Uniting voices – the way forward!

Post conference/in depth-workshop (separate registration)

Exclusive opportunity! Meet the keynotes speakers up close in a workshop setting with limited number of participants (maximum of 50 pr workshop)

Difficulty recognizing and experiencing emotions is a core down stream effect of attachment trauma. These effects show up medically as multiple somatic symptoms, diverse psychiatric symptom and the spectrum of personality disorders. Through several decades of video-based research, the Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy model has been developed to help therapists directly detect and manage attachment trauma through the use of close monitoring of somatic anxiety pathways and the somatic pathways of feelings. This workshop will first review the spectrum of patients with attachment trauma and how to recognize the body responses of anxiety to determine a treatment pathway to help diverse patients tolerate and work through unresolved feelings and impulses.

Skill training with Allan Abbass

  • This workshop focuses on how to use compassionate-self focusing to address various emotional difficulties, including self-criticism. Participants will be engaged in personal practice and trying out these practices. Some highlights are:
  • · How does compassionate-self focusing relate to affiliative processing and how can it organise the mind in particular ways?
  • · Cultivating compassion with attention training, soothing rhythm breathing, safe placed imagery, compassionate self-cultivation, compassionate-self focusing and compassion image focusing.
  • · Understand the process of compassion as flow: the compassion we feel for others; the compassion we are open to from others; and self-compassion.

Skill training with Paul Gilbert (CFT)

  • This workshop will focus on three AEDP techniques that are foundational to its transformational methodology:
  • · Transformance detection, and thus the activation of healing from the get-go
  • · Dyadic affect regulation to experientially process intense emotional experiences
  • · Metatherapeutic processing for experiential work with transformational experience

Skill training with Diana Fosha

  • Self-criticism is how your mind makes sense of underlying feelings of shame. In this workshop Greenberg will focus on:
  • · How to identify self-criticism and shame.
  • · How to evoke and access painful emotions using a two-chair dialogue.
  • · How to use adaptive emotions to transform the feelings of shame.

Skill training with Leslie Greenberg

Recent neuroscience research demonstrates that painful and traumatic experiences are frequently remembered non-verbally as 'body memories:" intrusive sensations, self-destructive impulses, and intense emotional reactions. When these implicit memories without words are evoked by trauma-related ‘triggers,' the overwhelming events of long ago erupt into present day experience. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify non-verbal memory and how to apply neurobiologically informed treatment techniques drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. These simple body-oriented interventions can address trauma-related challenges of stabilization (dysregulated autonomic arousal, overwhelming emotions, intrusive images, and memories) and of memory processing. Easily integrated into traditional talking therapies, EMDR, CBT, and other modalities, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can enhance the effectiveness of any therapeutic modality.

Skill training with Janina Fisher

Open connection with emotional motivation and yearning is key to a vital human life but because we hurt where we care, and care where we hurt, humans tend to defend themselves from their deepest emotional motivations. In this workshop, I will examine a small number of skills drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that can be used to diminish barriers to six key human yearnings: belonging, feeling, understanding, meaning, competence, and orientation. We will also briefly consider how to build more open and flexible connections to these motives, redirecting the energy they provide once barriers are diminished.

Skill training work shop with Steven Hayes

Social activities

During the conference day, the organizer will offer the opportunity to attend different social events.


From 5 to 6 pm we will have an “after-conference”-pub in the Grieghall foyer, where you can meet the other participants, get a beer or a glass of wine and debrief after an exciting conference day.

Tuesday – Wednesday
17:00 – 18:00

Foyer, Grieghallen

Dinner at Storm Brasserie

Later in the evening, we relocate to Storm brasserie and bar, one of Bergen’s most popular restaurants and hang-outs. All participants at the congress will have a special 10 % discount offer with a 10 % discount on all food orders at the brasserie.

Tuesday – Thursday
17:00 – 22:00

Storm Brasserie, Ole Bull Huset


Happy Hour - Storm Bar

At 7 pm every night, Happy Hour starts at the Storm bar, with special beer and wine rates for participants until 9 pm. You can experience different offers and emotions throughout the night, starting with Happy Hour, and continuing through Angry Hour, Euphoria hour, Surprise hour – and maybe even Love Hour? So we hope you will join in here to meet and get to know your fellow congress participants – and have loads of fun!

Tuesday – Thursday
19:00 – 00:00

Storm Bar, Ole Bull Huset

Inside Out

In the occasion of the Emotion Revolution Congress, Bergen Cinema will show the critically acclaimed film Inside Out every evening at 6:00 pm during the congress. Tickets can be purchased at or at the cinema ticket offices.

Tuesday April 17th 18:00
Wednesday April 18th 18:00
Thursday April 19th 18:00

KP11, Bergen Kino


Just Breathe Method - Emotional Yoga

BM™Emotional Yoga Med Kine Solend

Just Breathe Method Emotional Yoga is a uniq method, designed to to breathe freely, move freely, and integrate the body, mind, soul and heart connection. When you breathe freely there is a magic meeting happening in your heart <3 And you start feeling with your mind and thinking with your heart. Parallelemotions is a sentral part of this Yoga-method.

Its a calm class this morning that contains, breathing exercises, slow movement(yoga) for everybody, visualization and emotional mapping, tension-release. Its all about conciseness. Kine originally made this method for people that was abused in any way, after years working with people that has been abused, she understood that this is for everybody, body remembers what your mind want or did forget.

So if you want a stress free morning, and a feeling of being fully alive and a smile on your face, THIS IS IT <3

About Kine:

Kine was sexual abused as a child, and got vert sick, with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, suicidal acts and thoughts. Her self she has sung, danced, painted, talked, but most important was, breathing, feeling and expressing. She has won The inspiration price og Norwegian Heros, for her openness and her work with people that suffer.She has now educated over 200 people in her Yoga method. Kine is 33 years old, started teaching 10 years ago, and she has been in therapy and self development in 17 years.

Wednesday April 18th 07:30

Spissen, Grieghallen



Kjærlighetens ulike ansikt

Vi gleder oss over å kunne presentere psykolog, parterapeut og skuespiller Catrin Sagen (kjent fra Kjærlighetspodden og ”Gift ved første blikk”) og musiker og vokalist Marianne Sveen (kjent fra

Katzenjammer og Tv2’s ”Århundrets stemme” og inviterer til en kveld hvor tekst og musikk sammen utforsker noen av kjærlighetens store mysterium:

Hva forventes av meg i et forhold? Når er det riktig å gi opp? Hvordan kan jeg be om trøst eller tilgivelse? Hva er egentlig kjærlighet?

For deg som lengter, strever eller har det godt i kjærligheten. Ta med deg kjæreste, venner eller kom alene til en varm, underholdende, musikalsk og lærerik kveld om det største av alt – kjærligheten.

Wednesday April 18th 19:30

Ole Bull Scene, Ole Bull Huset



(in Norwegian only)



Keynote speakers

Leslie Greenberg

Dr. Leslie Greenberg is one of the originators and primary developers of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples. You can watch a short interview with him here:

Allan Abbass

Dr. Allan Abbass is the founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Abbass’s clinical specialty and research focus is the use of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), particularly on how unprocessed emotion plays a part in medically unexplained physical symptoms. You can watch an interview with him here:

Diana Fosha

Dr. Diana Fosha is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment. You can watch an interview with her here:

Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert is the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), an approach that focuses on building an emotionally healthier relationship with oneself. You can watch an interview with him here:

Janina Fisher

Dr. Janina Fisher is a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is well known for her expertise as both a therapist and speaker on the topic of trauma and the body in psychotherapy.
You can watch a short interview with her here:

Steven Hayes

Dr. Steven Hayes is renown for his work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a third-wave cognitive-behavior therapy which focuses on relating to and accepting ones emotions. You can watch his TED-talk here:

“For many years you have talked about me. Behind my back. Over my head. Shouting at me. At times you haven’t even acknowledged my existence, and never have you truly listened to me. I want this to change. I need you to be with me. Sit down with me, and take me seriously. Stay with me long enough for me to tell you about my deepest longings and my heartfelt needs. If you do, I will fuel your voice in the world with magic power and create human connections for you. If you won’t, I will likely cause hell. It’s up to you! I am emotion.”