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    • 06 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
    • 98

    NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting

    Postponed (Date TBD)


    Embodying EFT:

    Enhancing the Somatic Dimension

    Presented by:

    Leslie Kirby, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

    Lisa A Kully, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist


    The drive to seek secure attachment, as well as our emotional experience are, at root, biological phenomena.  We come out of the womb designed to seek physical and emotional proximity—to read and respond to others. For all the words that pass between partners in couple therapy, the more potent communication happens within and between their bodies. On a somatic level there is a vast range of sensations that occur both in states of reactivity and states of core affect; these states show on our bodies, and partners see and sense them in each other--for better or worse.  

    In EFT we talk about reaching and turning away, closing down, relaxing, connecting--even our language as EFT therapists suggests the somatic nature of our work. When partners communicate via primary emotion, the deepening of their connection is grounded in their bodies, and we, as therapists, feel the beautiful reverberations, as well.

    Come join us for a morning of embodied study and practice.  We hope you will leave feeling more confident and fluent with deepening the somatic dimension of EFT therapy.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn to view different elements of EFT through a somatic lens.

    2.  Develop the ability to use our own body awareness as therapists to deepen the EFT process.

    3. Practice tracking clients somatically.

    4. Help clients become aware of the somatic level of their interactions including the somatic cues they respond to.

    5.  Learn to offer somatic resourcing to promote the integration of enactments and relationship security.


    Leslie Kirby, LMFT is an EFT Certified therapist in private practice for over 25 years. She first learned about EFT in 2002 and has been a fan ever since. She uses somatic psychology as a foundation to the therapy she does, drawing from the theory and influences of Hakomi, Sensorimotor and NARM. She also studied AEDP, where due to her experience with somatics, Diana Fosha invited her into a yearlong AEDP Core Leaders Group to exchange ideas with AEDP Senior therapists. She developed and ran her own groups for therapists on somatics and adult attachment for several years, and was on the Education Committee for The Psychotherapy Institute. She is interested in joining the strengths of these therapies to bring the best outcomes for the clients she works with.

    Lisa A Kully, LMFT is a Certified EFT Therapist and Certified Hakomi Therapist with over 25 years of experience.  Lisa currently sees about half couples and half individual adults in her gratifying Rockridge psychotherapy practice.  The attachment perspective has made sense to Lisa since she was about five-years-old, and the discovery of EFT in the early 2000's was a "coming home."  For many years she has explored her love of embodiment, clinically and personally, through Hakomi Mindfulness-based Therapy, Focusing, Authentic Movement and Buddhist/Vipassana practice, as well as dance and the many adventures of parenting a lively and emotionally intelligent daughter.  Lisa loves to write and looks forward to getting back to her blog about the practical and philosophical elements of psychotherapy.

    Target Audience:

    This training is appropriate for mental health practitioners who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.

    Activity Level:

    10:00 AM - Networking and Professional Socialization (not included in CE credits)
    10:30 AM - NCCEFT Announcements (not included in CE credits)

    10:50 AM - Training begins
    11:50 AM - 10-minute break (not included in CE credits)

    12:00 noon - Training resumes
    1:00 PM - Training ends


    This training is free to members, who will receive Continuing Education (CE) credit at no charge.  This training is available to non-members for $10, and CE credit is available for an additional $25.  All fees are prepaid online only.  Refunds are available for prepaid registrations cancelled 48 hours in advance of the training.

    Continuing Education: 
    This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    Psychologists:  The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)

    NCCEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider # 93337

    Important Notice:
    Those who attend this workshop in full, complete the course evaluation and sign in/out will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.


    NCCEFT meets all applicable local, state and federal standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)). We hold events only at professional venues that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)

    ADA Needs: We will be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please contact us at NCCEFT.programs@gmail.com  at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.

    NCCEFT Program Grievance Policy: 

    The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. NCCEFT will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.  The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the CPA PAS CE Program Director in consultation with the Board of Directors (Steering Committee).

    While NCCEFT works to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which will require intervention and/or action on the part of NCCEFT. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such complaints.

    When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

    1. If the complaint concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Program Director will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the aggrieved individual.

    2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the CE Program Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action during a workshop or conference, the CE Program Director or his/her representative will:

    a. attempt to rectify the situation, and/or

    b. provide a credit for a subsequent presentation, in the event of a program having an attendance fee or

    c. provide a partial or full refund of the registration fee, in the event of a program having an attendance fee.

    Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the aggrieved individual.

    3. If the grievance concerns the business practices of the NCCEFT CE program in a specific regard, the CE Program Director or Administrator will attempt to arbitrate.

    Refund and Attendance Policy:

    In the event that a program presentation has an attendance fee, CANCELLATIONS should be made 48 hours prior to the event.

Past events

23 May 2020 Doing EFT Online: A Conversation with Rebecca and Sam
06 Mar 2020 NCCEFT 2020 Fundraiser--High Conflict Couples with George Faller
01 Feb 2020 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Affect Theory and EFT
07 Dec 2019 Very Attached Holiday Party
02 Nov 2019 NCCEFT Daylong: Developing Confidence in Addressing Sexual Issues Within Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
07 Sep 2019 NCCEFT Fall Kick-Off--Attachment Therapist as Fellow Traveler: Attunement in EFT
22 Jun 2019 Affect Theory and EFT: Welcoming Secondary Emotions & Reactive Behaviors
27 Apr 2019 Integrating EFT and Sex Therapy Through Case Studies
22 Mar 2019 NCCEFT Fundraiser--Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Healing Relationships and Promoting Resilience
02 Feb 2019 Robert Solley, PhD; EFT on a Spectrum
01 Dec 2018 Very Attached Holiday Party
27 Oct 2018 EFT with High Conflict Couples
08 Sep 2018 Back to EFT Basics with Sam Jinich, Ph.D.
16 Jun 2018 Leading, Being Led, Walking Beside: Collaboration with the Couple in EFT
14 Apr 2018 Shoring up the Emotional Bonds from the Inside Out Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EFT - Partners in Intimacy
02 Feb 2018 NCCEFT Fundraiser: Sex as a Safe Adventure: Connecting Sexually and Emotionally Through EFT
06 Jan 2018 EFT for New Parents: Navigating the Attachment Minefield
02 Dec 2017 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
23 Sep 2017 STEP 3: The Challenges of Accessing Emotions When the Withdrawer and the Pursuer are Highly Cognitive
17 Jun 2017 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Can You See Me? Providing Emotionally Focused Therapy to Middle Eastern and Immigrant Couples.
07 Apr 2017 NCCEFT Annual Fundraiser
04 Mar 2017 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: The Dreaded "S" Word
14 Jan 2017 NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Unlocking the Mystery of Pursuer Softening
10 Dec 2016 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
01 Oct 2016 Step 2 of EFT: Tracking the Reactive Negative Cycle
18 Jun 2016 Making Peace with Pursuit
07 May 2016 EFT and Grief
08 Apr 2016 How Sharing Emotions Calms the Traumatized Brain and Heart: The Application of EFT with Trauma Couples
23 Jan 2016 Roadmap to EFT Certification
05 Dec 2015 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
26 Sep 2015 Stage 1: Attuning to the Relational Bond with EFT Interventions
27 Jun 2015 Working with Men in the EFT Model
24 Apr 2015 Addressing Addictions while Fostering Secure Attachments with EFT
28 Mar 2015 EFT with Same-Sex Couples: An Open Discussion
31 Jan 2015 The Joy of Sex: A Therapists’ Guide to Sex and Self of Therapist in EFT
06 Dec 2014 NCCEFT Very Attached Holiday Party
20 Sep 2014 Stuck Places in EFT
28 Jun 2014 Withdraw-Withdraw Couples: Moving into Increased Engagement
30 May 2014 Journey into Your Self as a Therapist: Self-Exploration, Discovery and Transformation
29 Mar 2014 The EFT Tango Map

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