EFT Supervisors & EFT Supervision
The following ICEEFT Certified EFT Supervisors offer their support to members of LACEFT.
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.
Karen Shore, Ph.D.
Past President, LACEFT Board of Directors | ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor
I 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Gardner, Ph.D.
LACEFT Executive Director | ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer
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 | email@example.com
Silvina Irwin, Ph.D.
LACEFT Board of Directors | ICEEFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer
I 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.
June Shigeno, LMFT
Recording Secretary, LACEFT Board of Directors | ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor
I’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.
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 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.
Robert Ogner, LCSW
Founding & Former LACEFT Board of Directors Member, ICEEFT Certified Therapist & Supervisor
This 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.
Susan Thau, PhD
EFT Supervisor & former LACEFT Vice President
Susan 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
Li0a 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.
Suzanne Barron, LMFT
LACEFT Board Member & 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.
Yamonte Cooper, PhD
LACEFT Committee Member
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, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Certified Gottman Therapist, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST). He is the author of the upcoming book The Impacts of Racism and Trauma on African-American Men (Routledge).
Terry Higgins, PhD
LACEFT 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.
Karen Martin Fiedler, MSMFT, LMFT
LACEFT Board Member
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.
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.
Betsy Walli, LMFT
LACEFT 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.
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.
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.