EFT Supervisors and EFT Supervision

The following ICEEFT Certified EFT Supervisors offer their support to members of LACEFT.

LACEFT Supervisors:

Kristina Jackson, MS, LMFT

President, LACEFT Board of Directors | ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor

Kristina has been working with couples, families and individuals in Hermosa Beach since 1993. It is her joy to come to the office everyday and work with folks helping them to move from hurt and pain to relief and ultimately beautiful connections with their loved ones. Kristina is a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor. EFT is a researched proven successful couples therapy which restores intimacy and closeness, teaches clear steps and strategies to change problem interactions and builds loving, safe, and secure relationships. EFT is also a model to help solve individual issues related to anxiety, depression, loss, and parenting issues. She has been married since 1992 and has two children.

(310) 480-7324| kristinajacksonmft@gmail.com | website

Karen Shore, Ph.D.

Past President, LACEFT Board of Directors | ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor

Karen ShoreI am a licensed psychologist with a practice in Santa Monica, CA. After receiving my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1988, I received a post-doctoral diploma in Psychoanalysis in 1997, one in Group Therapy in 2001, and one in Marriage and Couples Therapy in 2002, all from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Garden City, NY. Group training helped me understand systems theory, and the marriage and couples program helped me start to apply systems theory to a psychoanalytic understandings of the couple and the partners in a couple. However, I knew something was still missing. I happened upon EFT a few years later and began training in 2007, being very attracted to EFT’s focus on my original love in psychology: Attachment Theory. Adding Sue Johnson’s concept of distilling what goes on inside each person and between the partners really hit the mark for me, integrating what I had learned from all my studies, adding deep emotional processing and a “road map” to give me direction. I became a Certified EFT Therapist in 2009 and a Certified Supervisor in 2011. Approximately two thirds of my practice is with couples, the rest being with individuals. I am a founding member of LACEFT and have been on the Board of Directors since LACEFT’s inception. I am pleased to serve as LACEFT’s President as of October, 2016.

(310) 917-3320 | shore.karen@gmail.com

Nancy Gardner, Ph.D.

LACEFT Executive Director | ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer
Nancy Gardner

I have been a therapist since the early 1970’s and a supervisor of therapists since the later 1970’s, and no model of therapy has felt so right for me and so helpful to couples as EFT does. For me, “the within and the between” bring together my early systemic training and my later psychodynamic training.  I have done the EFT externship with Sue Johnson (twice); and I have worked in group supervision with Scott Woolley, with Sue in the teleconference (twice), with Gail Palmer in individual supervision, with Jim Furrow in core skills Lisa Palmer Olson in supervision of supervision.   I am certified as an EFT therapist and an EFT supervisor, and have been working with and teaching from the EFT model for several years.  I teach Couple Therapy to graduate students at Alliant International University in LA, am a AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and I am the chair of the founding board of the LA Center for EFT. My office is in Westlake Village, CA.

(805) 496-3475 | nangardner@sbcglobal.net

Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.

LACEFT Board of Directors | ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer

Silvina IrwinI am a licensed clinical psychologist, certified EFT Supervisor and Therapist in private practice in Pasadena, CA, and co-founder of the EFT Resource Center.  I specialize in working with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, and focus healing and recovery at the individual level, as well as address the impact that traumatic experiences have on intimate relationships in my work with couples and families. I am bi-lingual in Spanish, and provide online group supervision in Spanish to therapists around the world with EFT Trainer Dr. Samuel Jinich. As an EFT supervisor, I hold as central to the supervision process a secure, strong alliance and collaborative relationship between me and my supervisees. In our supervision, together we will track your development in EFT and work towards your goals as an EFT therapist, and your process with specific couples you are working with.  For those interested, we can address self-of-therapist issues, a particular passion and interest of mine, which can help you break through your own internal barriers as an EFT therapist. I find it so important to continue to grow and learn within this model and stay abreast of the latest research, literature and understanding of attachment theory, and applications of this model. I deeply value the learning process in EFT and see it as a career-long journey for all of us.

www.drsilvinairwin.com | www.EFTResourceCenter.com | (626) 399-4013

June Shigeno, LMFT

Recording Secretary, LACEFT Board of Directors | ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor

JuneShigenoSq100I’m a marriage and family therapist practicing in Pasadena, California. I’m a certified EFT therapist and supervisor, and an AAMFT approved supervisor. My specialties include working with families, trauma work with couples and individuals, cross-cultural issues, medical illness, and grief and loss. Over the years, I have been drawn to modalities that put attachment and connection between people at the very core of their approach. And when I first encountered EFT in 2005, I was immediately won over by how it not only made sense intellectually but also felt true intuitively. Since then, I have completed several Core Skills, participated in a teleconference with Sue Johnson, and attended monthly study groups. As an EFT supervisor, I’ve provided individual supervision to various clinicians, assisted in supervising clinicians at Core Skills, as well as provided live team supervision to MFT graduate students at Fuller Seminary along with Dr. Jim Furrow. In EFT supervision, I value co-creating and sustaining a safe and secure alliance with the supervisee, and see this as foundational to the EFT learning process. I also value an EFT learning process that integrates a theoretical understanding of EFT with experiential practice and supervision, and makes room for processing self-of-the-therapist matters. I provide Skype supervision as well as supervision in person.

www.juneshigeno.com | therapy@juneshigeno.com

Veronica Thomas, Ph.D.

Former Board Member,
ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor & LACEFT Outreach Committee Chair (Leader in interacting with Graduate Programs and their Students)

Veronica ThomasVeronica Thomas has been treating children, teens , adults and couples for over 35 years. She is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for  couples. Since it’s inception in 2010, Veronica has been on the board of LACEFT. Additionally, she is a founding member of Child Development Institute in Woodland Hills, California. CDI is a treatment facility for young children with social/emotional/cognitive disorders as well as a training institute for postgraduate students in psychology and related fields. She has taught courses in attachment theory at California State University, Northridge.

818-888-7923 | DrVeronica@veronicathomasphd.com | website

Robert Ogner, LCSW

Founding & Former LACEFT Board of Directors Member, ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor

Veronica ThomasThis is an exciting time to learn EFT. Sue (and ICEFFT) have shifted emphasis more toward the tango and less on the steps. Focusing on how to go into and assemble someone’s emotions and to work with and shape those emotions and attachment meanings in the ‘between’ of the couple (or dyad) gives us more room to find our flow in the work and more easily integrate the model. This shift gives me more permission to supervise in a way that is more natural to me. We see where we are on the map from going there.

I think of our development as EFT Therapists being an infinite, positive, though challenging loop: As we continue to integrate the model and take people closer to themselves and each other, we’re called to develop greater relational capacities, (e.g, genuine in-the-moment presence, warmth, responsiveness and resilient engagement; the ability to attend to nuances of emotional interaction between people) and to work through blocks to those capacities—which leads to stronger work in the model, and so on.

There is no other profession where a person’s sense of self is so central to how the worker feels about the value brought by one’s efforts. Since we are, forever, works in progress, and regularly without generosity toward our limitations, the exposure of our work is always an opportunity for humiliation or for self-embracing humility. I feel profound responsibility for making supervision a safe and enlivening adventure in which we travel this loop together.

To learn more about me as a supervisor, follow the website link directly to my EFT Supervision page.

robert@couplesrelate.com | website

Susan Thau, PhD

EFT Supervisor, & former LACEFT Vice President

Veronica ThomasSusan Thau is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. Since it’s inception in 2010, Susan has been on the board of LACEFT.


Lisa Blum, PsyD

LACEFT Treasurer and Board of Directors, ICEEFT Certified EFT Supervisor

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 also has a specialty in community psychology and prevention-oriented programming. Dr. Blum 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.



Terry Higgins, LACEFT Outreach Chair


LACEFT Affiliated Supervisors

Kathryn de Bruin, LMFT

I work as a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, doing EFT with couples, play therapy with children and supervision for therapists. As therapists we create secure attachments with our clients so that they can grow and get their needs met. I believe it is important for us as therapists to bless out of our own abundance, by having our own place to go to for consultation and supervision. I hope to provide a safe and accessible place for you to grow in your clinical skills so that you can see the results in your practice and in your clients lives. I am an EFT supervisor, have attended two externships, four core skills series and have sought out my own consultation with trainers Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Jim Furrow, Rebecca Jorgensen, Alison Lee, Veronica and George Faller. I provide skype supervision for therapists in the USA, Mexico and South Africa.

KathryndeBruin.com | therapy@kathryndebruin.com

Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy.D., LMFT

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego California.  I am a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor and a Founder and Director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  I completed her dissertation research on how to teach and supervise EFT. Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Scott Woolley were part of my dissertation committee.  My primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of couple and family therapy; specifically with those couples and families dealing with severe trauma and attachment disorders.  I am an AAMFT clinical member and approved AAMFT supervisor. As a student of Alliant International University, I had the opportunity to train under family therapy founders Dr. Jay Haley and Dr. James Framo. I earned the Bachelor degree of Psychology at Colorado State University, the Master and Doctoral Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University.


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