Welcome New Board Member Haleigh Scherma!

LACEFT is proud to introduce one of our newest board members, Haleigh Scherma! Haleigh will be serving as the Event Promotion Committee Chair. Her position is aimed at promoting the attendance at LACEFT events and connecting members in the community to the organization. If you’ve seen any new social media for LACEFT, here’s the face behind it. 👩🏼‍💻 Haleigh Scherma is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, dual licensed in the states of California and Colorado. Haleigh is certified in EFT and now an EFT supervisor-in-training. She was ...

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[Member Announcement] Ellen Klavan is a Certified EFT Therapist!

Congratulations to our LACEFT member, Ellen Klavan, for becoming a Certified EFT therapist this week!! Ellen is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Before becoming a therapist, while raising her children, she wrote books and articles about work and family life, specializing in parenting. She attended graduate school in Santa Barbara and began her first private practice there in 2007. Looking for a way to enhance her effectiveness with couples, she was drawn to the integrity and humanism of EFT. Ellen moved to Los Angeles in 2015 where she found a welcoming and kind ...

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[Member Announcement] Ossi Pace is a Certified EFT Therapist!

Congratulations to our LACEFT member, Ossi Pace, for becoming a Certified EFT therapist this year!! Ossi Pace, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Ossi holds her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and her Bachelor’s Degree in History at UCLA. She is also extensively trained in EMDR. She works with both couples and individuals at her practice in Beverly Hills. EFT has fundamentally changed the way she works with clients. Ossi feels EFT is an amazingly powerful approach to helping couples heal ...

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[Member Announcement] Dr. Yamonte Cooper is a Certified EFT Therapist!

Congratulations to our LACEFT member, Dr. Yamonte Cooper for becoming a Certified EFT therapist this year!! Dr. Yamonte Cooper is a Professor of Counseling at El Camino College, adjunct Assistant Professor of School Counseling at USC, adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, LPCC, NCC, Certified Gottman Therapist, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST). He specializes in working with couples, trauma, sexual dysfunctions, gender & sexual identity, depression & anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality issues, grief, and other mental health ...

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[Member Announcement] Suzanne Baron, LMFT, is a Certified EFT Therapist!

Congratulations to our LACEFT member, Suzanne Baron, for becoming a Certified EFT therapist this year!!  Suzanne is a 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, ...

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[Member Announcement] Dr. Lisa Blum is a Certified EFT Supervisor!

Congratulations to one of our very own board members, Dr. Lisa Blum for becoming a Certified EFT Supervisor this year! 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. ...

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[Program Recap] The Road to Certification in EFT

Nancy Gardner and Silvina Irwin Lead EFT Therapists Down the Road to Certification On March 1, 2019, our two LA EFT Trainers, Nancy Gardner and Silvina Irwin, led a workshop on becoming certified as EFT therapists.  Nancy and Silvina showed examples of tapes that have qualified for certification. And they provided an opportunity for feedback on therapists’ tapes.  A panel of EFT therapists in different stages of working on certification talked to the workshop.  Here are some comments from the evaluations: Thank you for offering this course.  It was ...

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[PROGRAM RECAP] Dr. Sue Johnson’s Presentation, “Flying through the Storm” – Working with Challenging Couples

We in LACEFT (Los Angeles Center for EFT) were so thrilled and honored to have Sue with us for two days this past weekend for "Flying through the Storm” - Working with Challenging Couples. We had about 120 people, all excited and energized to be together and to learn from Sue Johnson herself. Sue was so easy to learn from - clear, comprehensive, encouraging, and supportive. For most of us, information we had learned was reinforced, and we also learned new things. Personally, I loved how Sue has morphed EFT from the Steps and Stages, adding the the EFT Tango as a ...

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Susan Thau, Ph.D. is now a Certified EFT Supervisor

It is with great pleasure that I announce to my LACEFT friends and colleagues that Susan Thau, Ph.D., one of the originators of LACEFT, is now certified as an EFT Supervisor. Susan embodies the principles of EFT in her soft and caring way, and in her desire to understand her supervisees and their clients as deeply as she can. She has a solid mastery of EFT, and a strong commitment and enthusiasm for the model. She makes supervision an experience, thus beautifully teaching EFT thorough experiential learning. Susan easily establishes and fosters strong alliances with her ...

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Yamonte Cooper, EdD, LPCC, NCC, CST, is a Certified EFT Therapist

I had the privilege of working with Yamonte in Core Skills in 2016 and 2017. He immediately took to the EFT model, which is a great fit for his gentle soul and his warm, tender, attuned and compassionate presence. One of his EFT supervisors, Jean Shirkoff, talked about Yamonte in the following way: “He has a deep understanding of the importance of attachment, and he has experience and comfort working with diverse populations which can be challenging as a person learns a complex model of therapy because there are so many details to keep track of. This never seemed to ...

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