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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Dr. Sue Johnson Awarded the Order of Canada

The Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (LACEFT) is pleased to announced that Dr. Sue Johnson has just been awarded the Order of Canada. This is the highest civilian award given by the Canadian Government for Outstanding Achievement, Dedication to the Community and Service to the Nation. Sue was given this award in recognition for her paradigm shifting, innovative work in couple and family therapy interventions, her research and her contribution to the training of mental health professionals around the globe, as well as her popular educational books and ...

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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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Congratulations to Joe X. Cantu, Certified EFT Supervisor

Dear LACEFT friends and colleagues, I am so pleased to announce that Joe Cantu, LMFT has been recognized as an ICEEFT Certified EFT Supervisor. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Joe over the past several years and I have always been impressed with his ability to blend warmth, insight, humor, and timing into the breadth of knowledge that he imparts in his work as an EFT clinician and supervisor. For those of you who may not know, Joe is fluent in Spanish and has been playing a very important part in our efforts to teach EFT to Spanish speaking therapists in ...

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The Power of the Fly on The Wall, by Silvina Irwin, PhD & Lisa Blum, Psy.D

Many couples can readily name what they so often fight about (parenting; money; the in-laws, sex), but not as many know how they fight or disconnect from each other – and how their very attempts to address a point of pain with their partner may backfire. Partners can end up unintentionally dancing their mate into a doomed exchange -– a “Demon Dialogue.” ˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜ A First Look at the 7 Conversations of A Hold Me ...

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