Recap from “Right Here Right Now” with Nancy Gardner, PhD

Saturday, December 2nd, we at the Los Angeles Center for EFT were treated to a wonderful experience. Our Trainer Nancy Gardner, PhD, presented a 3 hour program titled “Right Here, Right Now: The Power of the Present Moment.” Nancy presented a video of a Live Session she had done during a Core Skills recently. Nancy followed a way of teaching that I have come to love - showing a minute or two of the video and helping us focus on just that little bit at a time. I have found this way of teaching incredibly helpful in that rather than focusing so much on the Steps and ...

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Recap from Saturday’s “The EFT Lab” Training

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, LACEFT was privileged to have Jennifer Olden, MFT, offer a full-day presentation of The EFT Lab: Stage One, The Road to De-Escalation here in L.A. My own experience is that no matter what level of training you have achieved, there is always something new to learn, something old to master, subtleties to absorb. I had taken Jennifer’s online EFT Lab, Stage One course earlier this year and found it so helpful…and even though I took it recently, yesterday’s presentation helped me refine and integrate the work even more. Jennifer has ...

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ICEEFT Trainers Silvina Irwin and Michael Barnett brought a fabulous program to Los Angeles

Los Angeles was fortunate in having ICEEFT Trainers Silvina Irwin (Los Angeles/Pasadena) and Michael Barnett (Atlanta) bring us Trauma, EFT for Couples, and the Therapist: Rebuilding Shattered Attachments Together on April 21st and 22nd, 2017. What a powerful two days! I know for me, there were a few main takeaways: First, always reassuring, is that working with traumatized couples takes longer than working with non-traumatized couples. For many in the room, taking away the idea that traumatized couples should be healed in 12 or 20 sessions was quite relieving. ...

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LACEFT has a new Certified EFT Therapist!!

It is my pleasure that my first task as LACEFT’s President is to announce that LACEFT has a new Certified EFT Therapist!  Diana Shulman, PhD, is L.A.’s newest Certified EFT Therapist!! Diana is exquisitely attuned to her clients and has worked hard to integrate all she knows into a beautiful, empathic, supportive EFT style where she can help craft some lovely interactions.  Diana is quite an accomplished psychologist, having first trained as a research psychoanalyst.  Since then, she has been Certified in the Gottman method and in AEDP…and now, in EFT!  She ...

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Karen Shore Elected President of The Board of LACEFT

LACEFT is so pleased to announce that Karen Shore, PhD, ABPP, has been elected President of The board of LACEFT. Dr. Shore is a Clinical Psychologist with post-doctoral diplomas in psychoanalysis, couples therapy and group therapy. Her doctorate and the three post-doctoral diplomas were received from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University on Long Island. In addition, she became Board Certified in Group Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in 2011. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2004, she worked at the ...

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Is a Couples Workshop Right for Us?

Many people are hesitant to consider a Hold Me Tight Couples’ Workshop…Will I have to share our private business in front of others? How can one weekend help us, if we’ve been struggling for months/years?  How do we take what we learn back home and apply it to our everyday life? There’s the cost to consider… will it be worthwhile? These questions make sense; your love relationship is a very private, very precious part of your life.  You don’t want to wander blindly into just any experience… you need to know it’s right for you,  and will be truly ...

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Congratulations Karen Fiedler, Certified EFT Therapist

The LACEFT community would like to congratulate Karen Fiedler, LMFT on her certification as an EFT therapist.  Karen brings her kind and genuinely compassionate spirit into her work with couples, and strives to provide a high standard of care to all her clients.  She is a dedicated practitioner of EFT, and has honed her EFT skills to work with a wide range of couples, including very complex couples.  She is an ethically sound and thoughtful clinician,  and is an integral part of building the community of EFT Therapists in Los Angeles as an active board member of the LA ...

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Learning an Embodied, Joyful Approach to Sex and Sex Therapy with Stella Resnick, Ph.D.

Dr. Resnick's "focus on the value of play in sexual vitality and in sex therapy offered me a subtle but important paradigm shift in my own work in helping couples with their sexual struggles. So often in our therapy work, we are necessarily focused on healing pain Dr. Resnick’s teachings helped me to see that an equally focused pursuit of joy in physical and sexual play was just as necessary to healing. Finding safe, secure, and embodied ways to restore a sense of pleasure, playfulness and joy is paramount for helping couples to find that attuned connection."

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Staying in Touch: EFT and Sex Therapy

Part of the genius of EFT is its emphasis on tracking and processing interactions, both between and within partners, to help couples shift from distress to secure attachment. As a result we generally privilege process over content. For years I relegated couples’ concerns about sex to the ‘content bin’ assuming that if I could help them de-escalate, re-engage and soften, they would have the safety and trust to address problems related to sex. It wasn’t until pursuing training and certification in sex therapy that I began to see sex a differently from typical ...

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Congratulations Lisa Blum, Certified EFT Therapist

It is my great pleasure to share a few thoughts about LA’s most recent certified EFT Therapist: my dear friend and colleague Dr. Lisa Blum. Lisa Palmer-Olsen and Jim Furrow, two of Lisa’s mentors in EFT, said it so well: “Lisa has been an invaluable resource in developing HMT workshops, EFT Externships in Pasadena and inspiring professional interest in EFT throughout LA.  We appreciate her thoughtful wisdom and guidance as Treasurer on the board for the LA Center for EFT, and her genuine kindness as a person.  She is as an outstanding clinician, and brings ...

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