LACEFT Board of Directors
Kristina Jackson, MS LMFT
Board Member & LACEFT President
Kristina Jackson, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Hermosa Beach, CA. For the past 25 years she has been working with couples and individuals to find relief, understanding and connection for themselves and in their most important relationships. Kristina is also a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor who works with licensed therapists throughout California and across the United States teaching and guiding them to become certified EFT therapists and Supervisors.
Betsy Walli, LMFT
Board Member, LACEFT Vice President, & Program Committee Chair
Betsy is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Hermosa Beach, CA, as well as Seal Beach, CA (in Orange County). Betsy specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals, couples, and families, and also provides EFT-based Hold Me Tight weekend couples workshops. She began learning about couples therapy and EFT while pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Fullerton, and she continues to pursue additional training in EFT. Betsy also holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lisa Blum, PsyD
Board Member & LACEFT Treasurer
Lisa is a psychologist in private practice in Pasadena and West Hollywood, where she works with both gay and straight clients in individual, couples, and family therapy. Lisa is a Certified EFT Supervisor and also has a specialty in community psychology and prevention-oriented programming. Dr. Blum is deeply committed to the EFT approach and is in the process of completing certification. She is co-founder of the EFT Resource Center, a home for EFT-informed workshops for couples and a training site for practitioners interested in developing their EFT skills. In collaboration with Dr. Silvina Irwin and Kristina Jackson, MFT, she is creating an EFT-based organizational intervention for team-building in business settings.
Nancy Gardner, Ph.D.
Board Member, EFT Trainer, & LACEFT Executive Director
Nancy is certified by the International Center for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT) as an EFT Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist. She is a Co-founder, Inaugural President, and now Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for EFT (LACEFT). Nancy is a AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. She taught couple therapy for more than a decade at Alliant International University in Los Angeles, and founded and chaired the couple therapy special interest group for the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA). She is also a past president of LACPA, and has been a board member and convention chair for the California Psychological Association (CPA). Nancy has post-doctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, family therapy, and couple therapy. She is licensed as a psychologist and as a clinical social worker, and has a private practice in Westlake Village where she sees individual adults and couples.
Karen Shore, Ph.D.
Board Member & former LACEFT President
Karen is a psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica. She has post-doctoral training in psychoanalysis, group psychotherapy, and marriage and couples therapy. In addition, she is certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and is a certified EFT Supervisor. Dr. Shore has also been a faculty member and supervisor for the Wright Institute and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis; a supervisor at the Maple Center and Valley Community Clinic; and she is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr. Shore is also a Past-President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.
Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.
Board Member & EFT Trainer
Silvina is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in working with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, focusing on recovery at the individual level, as well as addressing the impact of trauma on intimate relationships in her work with couples. She is co-founder of the EFT Resource Center, a home for HMT workshops and a training site for interns and licensed practitioners interested in developing their EFT skills. She is certified as an EFT Therapist, EFT Supervisor, and EFT Trainer. In collaboration with Dr. Lisa Blum and Kristina Jackson, MFT, she creating EFT-based organizational interventions for business settings.
Haleigh Scherma, LPCC
Board Member & LACEFT Event Promotion Committee Chair
Haleigh Scherma is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, dual licensed in the state of California and Colorado. Haleigh is certified in EFT. She was trained in EFT during graduate school in 2015 and became certified during her private group practice work in Denver, Colorado. She currently has her own private practice in West Los Angeles where she focuses on work with highly reactive couples, anger management, sexuality and LGBT issues. While she does work with a few individuals, Haleigh enjoys working with the tough cookie couples and those who have struggled with emotional expression and attachment trauma.
Board Member & LACEFT Scholarship Chair
Allison is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, practicing under the supervision of Estee Diamond. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State State University and a master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Ottawa University. Allison has extensive experience working in the mental health field, with an emphasis on attachment and trauma, and has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, eating disorder treatment as well as substance abuse treatment. She currently has a private practice in Encino and serves as the Lead Therapist at a Los Angeles based substance abuse treatment center. Allison began her training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) starting in graduate school in 2012 and continues to train in the model. Allison has also been trained in a variety of trauma models including the Trauma Resiliency Model and EMDR. She has a special interest in working with couples and families using EFT in addition to working with teens, young adults and individuals experiencing various life stressors and personal growth challenges.
Karen Martin Fiedler, MSMFT, LMFT
Karen is a founding member of LACEFT. Karen contributed to the making of the LACEFT DVD Caught in the Struggle, and is involved in the Couples 25 Plus Project. Karen is EFT Certified and has been involved in the EFT community since 2003. She has helped with several Externships and HMT workshops, and hosted an EFT study group in the San Gabriel Valley for the last two years. Last year they viewed the EFT training tapes, and this year they are going through the EFT Workbook. Karen is in private practice in Pasadena and is certified in EMDR.
Suzanne Baron, LMFT
Board Member & LACEFT Co-Secretary
Suzanne is a Certified EFT Therapist and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Luis Obispo. She works with individual adults and couples and has a background in working with addictions and helping family members of those struggling with addictions. While she has done couple therapy throughout her career, EFT training has given her renewed energy and passion in her work with couples. Suzanne has volunteered at numerous trainings including Externships, Core Skills, and Hold Me Tight workshops. She is grateful for the community and training opportunities that LACEFT provides.
Terry Higgins, Ph.D.
Board Member & Outreach Committee Chair
Terry Higgins, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Torrance and Seal Beach. Terry is an EFT Certified therapist, and EFT Supervisor-in-Training Candidate. She provides psychotherapy primarily to individuals and couples, with Attachment, EFT, and Cognitive Behavioral models as her primary treatment focus. Dr. Higgins’ experience includes leadership positions in various mental health settings, including Psychologist and Supervisor of Mental Health staff at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Children’s Cancer Ward, and Mental Health Intern Supervisor for the Long Beach Head Start Program. Also, for the past several years, Dr. Higgins has been an annual guest lecturer at the University of Southern California (“USC”) MFT Program, presenting the EFT model to graduate students.
James L. Furrow, Ph.D.
Ex Officio Board Member & Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor, & Trainer
Jim is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. In 2006 Jim led the first of several EFT externship and certified trainings in Los Angeles. In 2011 he cofounded the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy serving as Executive Director through 2016. In addition, to training Jim has contributed to the development of the EFT model through research and writing. He was principle editor or the EFT Casebook: New Directions in Couple Treatment and contributing author to the Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook, and co-author of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Dummies. His research and clinical writing appear in the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Psychology and Spirituality. He is a clinical member and approved supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Certified Family Life Educator.