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The NCCEFT follows the guidelines of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), directed by Susan Johnson, Ed.D.
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NCCEFT Board of Directors
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
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.
Laura Firestone, LMFT, Director at Large
Starting on the research side at both UC Davis and UC Berkeley, I investigated marital communication and the role of emotion on long-term marriages. Moving into my clinical work, I was notably drawn to EFT and completed EFT Externship and Core Skills. I have further developed my passion and engagement in the EFT world with regular EFT consultation, attending quarterly workshops, completing self of therapist training among other advanced trainings, volunteering for Hold Me Tight and lastly I have graciously accepted a third year on the board of NCCEFT as Director at Large.
Karen Godfredson, PsyD, Secretary and Chair-Elect
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.
Ruth Greenberg, MS, LMFT, Member at Large
I am a mother, step-mother, wife, and burgeoning EFT Therapist. Four years ago I attended a Sue Johnson externship in San Diego and found my calling as an EFT therapist. Since then I’ve immersed myself in learning the model with fervor through supervision, peer consultation, workshops, and self-study. It is exhilarating and, at times, thoroughly frustrating as I grapple to master the intricacies and richness of EFT. I currently have a private practice in El Cerrito and in San Rafael in which I primarily work with couples. EFT has enhanced my life professionally and personally and in return I am honored to contribute to this vibrant and thriving community by serving as a Board Member at Large of NCCEFT.
Greg Mayer, LMFT, Membership Coordinator
Having benefited greatly as a member of NCCEFT since 2013, I am now excited to serve the community as Membership Coordinator. I became certified in EFT in late 2015 and continue to deepen my skills through self study, supervision, and peer consultation. I am in private practice, with offices in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Bárbara Moura, Psy.D., Member at Large
Jaime Nisenbaum, Ph.D., Technology Coordinator
Michelle Sicula, LMFT, Chair, Board of Directors
I began training in EFT and became an NCCEFT member in 2012 and have continued to develop my skills as an EFT therapist through Core Skills, individual supervision and consultation groups since then. It’s wonderful to have a non-pathologizing model for conceptualizing couples’ struggles and to be a part of this welcoming community. I look forward to engaging with the community even more as an NCCEFT Board member.
Mena Zaminsky, LMFT: Program Coordinator & Chair, Program Committee
Mena Zaminsky in an LMFT with 18 years of experience and has a private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley, where she works with adult individuals and couples and specializes in trauma. Mena fell in love with EFT with her first introduction class before the externship. She has been a member of ICCEFT and NCCEFT for approximately three years. Mena has found a warm and supportive community in NCCEFT and is excited about serving on the Board as Program Committee Chair and giving back to this community.
NCCEFT Program Committee Members
Andrew Copperman, LMFT
Shana Ree Gann, LMFT shanareegann.com
Paul Howard, LMFT www.emotionalflow.com
Sarah Jolley, LMFT Practicing in Sebastopol
Margaret Petersen, LMFT www.theheartdistinction.com
Mena Zaminsky, LMFT, Committee Chair