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DEFT INSTITUTE MISSION

     

•  Heightened "shame sensitivity" in all interventions

•  No-shame teaching

•  The personal and professional development of therapists

•  Uncovering unconscious emotions and internal conflicts

•  Generating self-compassion and the will to evolve

•  Responding with empathic attunement to all parts of the self

•  Use of the “Healing Triad” to overcome treatment barriers

•  Attuning to cultural, racial, gender, and spiritual factors


The DEFT logo, the nautilus, signifies the transformational Journey to the Core of oneself.

Founded in 2012 to train and nurture psychotherapists

A shame-sensitive, compassion-centered approach

DEFT synonyms: Skillful, Adept, Adroit, Proficient, Astute, and Agile

DYNAMIC EMOTION FOCUSED THERAPY INSTITUTE

INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN on DEFT

A Therapist's Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense: Master the Moment

"A Therapist’s Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense: Master the Moment, like all your brilliant work, illuminates the power of a shame sensitive approach and has transformed the attachment-based, experiential dynamic world. Your courageous vulnerability has been a beacon."                                   

--Dr. Sandra Parker, Author

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DISCOVER DEFT

•  JOIN the UNIQUE DEFT TRAINING: ALL-NEW LECTURES with RICH SESSION RECORDINGS!

•  READ SUSAN'S BOOK: A Therapist's Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense: Master the Moment (Routledge)

•  COMING NEXT YEAR: Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy Workbook: A Shame Sensitive Approach (Routledge)

•  ATTEND SUSAN’S PRESENTATION, “IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR LOVE” - IEDTA Conference

(International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association) in Venice, Italy. October 13-15, 2022

•  ACCESS ON-DEMAND WEBINARS with SESSION RECORDINGS: Essential Therapy Training 4-part Series,  

Essential Therapy Training (6 hours), and Cassidy Seminars

•  READ SUSAN'S ARTICLE: "Creating Closeness at Distance" in LA Psychologist

•  SEE SUSAN'S BLOG POSTS WITH PESI UK:

    Therapist Shame: How to Recognize & Reduce It

    10 Ways to Orient Clients Toward Unconscious Feelings

How to Unlock Hidden Motivation for Change

"Clear, concise writing and illuminating transcripts sharpen the realization of practical principles. The author is an expert who will enliven the development of your expertise."

-- Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., The Milton H. Erickson Foundation


“For any therapist who wants to deepen their capacity for empathy, compassion, and deeper healing, this book is a must read.”

-- Dr. Stan Tatkin, Psy.D., MFT, author of Wired for Love and We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love


"Like a wise mentor, Susan Warren Warshow senses the challenges you will face and steps in with sage advice."

-- Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., Director, International Center for Clinical Excellence


“Your style is so compelling, the vignettes so clear, and the warmth and embrace of your stance so immediately appealing. I can't imagine a therapist not enjoying and loving this book.”

-- Jon Frederickson, MSW, Faculty, Washington School of Psychiatry, Author of Co-Creating Change, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, and Co-Creating Safety: Healing the Fragile Client


"An inspiring book to read, to reflect on, and to savor the warmth and wisdom emanating from each page."

-- Stella Resnick, Ph.D., Author of Body-to-Body Intimacy: Transformation through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology


"Clinical brilliance at its best. This book can be read over and over by both novice and seasoned professional alike, each time finding more value, and adding to ones ability to effectively master the clinical moment with skill, kindness, and warmth."

-- Karin S. Hart, Psy.D., Former Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine


"With wisdom and clarity, Susan Warshow provides key concepts to enable clinicians to work effectively with shame―both our own and that of our patients."

-- Pamela J. McCrory, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine