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Topic: Emotional freedom



“The fear of showing

my emotion just put

me in a complete jail.”  

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Without deep feeling,

there can be no deep


Diana Fosha, Ph.D.



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I first saw Susan Warshow's work in Amsterdam in 2002 and was blown away.  Her work isn't just good It's beautiful!  She has such a warm, related, and kind way of helping patients turn against their defenses and resistances.  I regard this one as a must see presentation.

Jon Frederickson, MSW,
Faculty and Co-Chair of ISTDP Training Program, Washington School of Psychiatry
Founder, ISTDP Institute

Susan Warren is a gifted therapist - with superb clinical skills and the warmth and flexibility to tailor them to the needs of any given patient. I've heard nothing but raves from her students. I have always been impressed with Susan's profound empathy for both patient and therapist, which surely helps her create an open learning environment.

Patricia Coughlin (Della Selva), Ph.D.
Author: Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique
Co-author with Dr. David Malan: Lives Transformed

Susan Warren Warshow is a highly skilled therapist and an excellent teacher. With patient and student alike, she deftly and precisely identifies and targets key factors as the first step in swiftly, adroitly, and compassionately resolving critical issues. If you are interested in improving your personal and professional work, take Susan's seminar.

Bruce W. Spring, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, USC School of Medicine
Training Group Participant

Los Angeles County Psychological Association


Working with Emotionally Defended Clients:
Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT)


Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW, LMFT

November 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marina del Rey
4200 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA  90292

Register:,  Phone: 818-905-0410

LACPA MEMBER: $100         NON-MEMBER: $135

In this workshop, therapists will be introduced to a powerful somatic and emotion-focused psychotherapy that incorporates evidence-based approaches. Clients are helped to overcome barriers that block healthy adaptive affect and impede the change process, i.e. maladaptive defenses, defensive affects and toxic forms of shame, anxiety and guilt. Targeted interventions that are carefully crafted to disarm defenses and facilitate the integration of buried affect will be demonstrated through recorded session analysis. 


Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW, LMFT is the founder of the DEFT Institute, which includes an ongoing training program in Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy that is held monthly in Los Angeles. She presents at conferences and workshops nationally and internationally, including several presentations for the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) biennial international conferences. She is on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute and is a Certified IEDTA (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association) Teacher/Supervisor. She has a private practice in Woodland Hills, treating individuals and couples and specializes in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and self-defeating personality traits. 


Susan will be presenting on the topic,
Impacting Lifelong Depression and Codependency: 
Dynamic Emotion-Focused Therapy, an Accelerated Treatment
at the Milton H. Erickson Foundation's Brief Therapy Conference on Dec. 11.

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Dissolving Defenses
with Compassionate Interventions
(Back by popular demand)

with Susan Warshow, MSW
 and Jon Frederickson, MSW

Access Recorded Webinar:
Fee: $150

Since defenses cause the presenting problems and symptoms our patients suffer from, interrupting defenses is a way we show our compassion. Defenses, which were once the patient’s friend, now function as the enemy. In this webinar, Susan and Jon will show how to interrupt defenses compassionately and help the patient form a healing alliance.

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