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The NCCEFT began as a project initiated by a group of San Francisco Bay Area EFT therapists who had been meeting for several years for clinical consultation and the study of EFT. In an effort to continue building and expanding the EFT community in Northern California, this group launched the first EFT Community meeting on May 3, 2007.

The Community has evolved as a membership organization where all can initiate and participate with others in implementing the NCCEFT mission.

Quarterly meetings promote the mission by:

  • Facilitating communication and connection among EFT clinicians
  • Sharing resources
  • Supporting skill-building opportunities
  • Organizing events for EFT clinicians

Contact Us

General inquiries: ncceftinfo@gmail.com

Membership: ncceft.membership@gmail.com

Programs and events: ncceft.programs@gmail.com 

Technology-related issues: ncceft.tech@gmail.com

4096 Piedmont Avenue #327
Oakland CA 94611-5221

The NCCEFT follows the guidelines of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), directed by Susan Johnson, Ed.D.

To learn more about the International Center for Excellence in EFT go to www.ICEEFT.com.

NCCEFT Board of Directors

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Annie Asch, LMFT, Chief Financial Officer

Annie Asch has worked with individuals and couples in her Marin County private practice for 19 years. She began learning EFT in 2013 and is so happy to have found her theoretical home and to be bringing this model of therapy to her clients.  She is happy to be part of the Board of Directors so she can continue to meet people in the NCCEFT community and to help support EFT continuing education.  Annie is also a speaker for undergraduate and graduate students as well as various parenting education groups.  Topics include Emotionally Focused Therapy, Comparing Gottman Therapy and EFT, and Keeping Your Marriage Alive While Raising Young (or Special Needs) Kids.  In her previous life, she worked as a dog and horse trainer, trained service dogs for people with disabilities, and did her undergraduate and graduate research on animal language capabilities and pet assisted psychotherapy.  She is excited to begin training her new puppy to work as a therapy dog.

Andrew Copperman, LMFT, Chair, Program Committee

Andrew Copperman has worked with individuals and couples in Marin County and San Francisco in private practice since 2010. I am so happy to have found my theoretical home and therapeutic identity. It is exciting and gratifying to see the effectiveness of this therapy for couples and to participate in their journey towards intimacy.  I am pleased to be part of the Board of Directors to meet people in the NCCEFT community and to help support EFT.  I am also teaching EFT as the Director of Couples Therapy at CIP, a Marin County Low Fee agency. In my previous career I worked in finance helping individuals manage money through stocks. 

Grady M. Fort , LMFT, Technology Coordinator

My first introduction to EFT came years ago from a colleague to whom I will always be grateful. I bring awareness of the whole body to my practice from my training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, a somatic education and bodywork system focused on helping people gain greater awareness of how to bring ease and connection through their bodies and movement. I have also studied extensively with Hakomi, which has a wonderful overlap with

EFT in that it is a present process, mindfulness based somatic psychotherapy. My personal passions are to be in nature, spending time with my large and loud family, and travel, whether that be backpacking to an alpine lake or internationally. I’m glad to be given an opportunity to give back to the NCCEFT community. Increasing my EFT knowledge base continues to be an incredible source of depth and transformation for both myself as a person, as well as my work as a clinician.

Karen Godfredson, PsyD, Chair, Board of Directors

After teaching, training and practicing as a family therapist for close to fifteen years, including co-creating and co-directing the Wright Institute’s MA in Counseling Program for 10 years, Dr. Karen Godfredsen was immediately drawn to EFT several years ago when she completed the Externship with Sue. Since then she has immersed herself in learning the powerful techniques that EFT offers therapists for building and healing attachment bonds within both partnership and parent-child dyads. She continues to be impressed with the warm, positive, non-pathologizing stance she encounters throughout the EFT community, and is beginning to work on research and writing related to EFT and cultural variables. In addition to practicing EFT with couples, Karen specializes in working with LGBTQ couples and families, families with young children and teens, OCD in children and adults, and clients interested in changing their relationship to substances of abuse. In her spare time Karen can be found with her family, digging in the garden, making the occasional piece of wire-wrapped jewelry, walking the dogs or reading one of the new stack of EFT-related books on her nightstand.

Cathie Gordon, LMFT, LPCC, Board Chair-Elect

I am an LMFT and LPCC in private practice in Napa. While I am relatively new to the NCCEFT community, I have been inspired by the wisdom and generosity of its members and am looking forward to getting more involved in growing and sharing this amazing model as NCCEFT Chair Elect. Professionally, I have worked in community health and school settings, especially with developmental trauma, and have provided bereavement counseling at Hospice. Participating in several Hold Me Tight workshops with Dr. Sam Jinich and Dr. Michelle Gannon has served as a kind of boot camp for me in practicing EFT as I work toward certification as well as an amazing opportunity to bond with other passionate therapists. Along with my passion for EFT, I have trained in and practice EMDR, psychodynamic, somatic and mindfulness practices. My formal education and trainings have certainly been instrumental in my professional development, but my most valuable lessons have come from my 30-year marriage and the parenting of my own three children, now 27, 25 and 20. It is in these relationships that I have loved, been challenged, healed and grown most deeply.

Bart Hatler, LMFT, Membership Coordinator

Bart has a San Francisco-based practice that focuses on couples counseling and dating therapy. He holds Masters degrees in spiritual psychology and counseling psychology from the University of Santa Monica and California Institute of Integral Studies, respectively. His experience and training include work with: The Couples Center, The Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street, Gottman Method Couples Counseling, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, ongoing professional consultation groups, and he is working towards certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Bárbara Moura, Psy.D., Member at Large

Mark Perlmutter, LMFT, Board Collaborator

I’ve recently ended the second of two two-year terms on the state CAMFT board where I initiated what is now CAMFT’s Public Outreach Committee which seeks to increase CAMFT’s public profile, and in SF, I have co-organized two intern job fairs that were attended by over 20 employers each time and many interns. I hope to bring similar energy to NCCEFT’s board. I hold an undergraduate degree in communication from Northwestern University, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. I have completed the EFT training necessary for the “A” designation and certification. Within the structure of EFT, I help my clients reconnect by enabling them to see the lovable parts of themselves and each other. I have also developed a sub-specialty of treating public speaking anxiety, the knowledge for which I have obtained in my 15-plus years of teaching at the university of Texas School of Law and in my five years at Hastings School of the Law. I see both couples and individuals in my Flood Building office in San Francisco.

NCCEFT Program Committee Members

Andrew Copperman, LMFT, Chair

Registration Coordinator: Lisa A. Kully, LMFT 

CE's Coordinator: Dean E. Paquette, MFTI

Suzanne Berens, LMFT
Jessica Muzio, LMFT


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