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NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting: Embodying EFT: Enhancing the Somatic Dimension

  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 87


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NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting

Embodying EFT:

Enhancing the Somatic Dimension

Presented by:

Leslie Kirby, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

Lisa A Kully, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist

Presented via Zoom 

(Zoom link to be provided in Reminder emails)


Our emotions and the drive to seek secure attachment are rooted in the body.  We come out of the womb designed to seek physical and emotional proximity—to read and respond to others. The experiences we have in our families, communities, institutions, and society at large, shape how our bodies perceive and respond or react. Our sense of security changes based on who we have near and the cues we receive. Our sensations, facial expressions, tone of voice, and overall body language change depending on how secure we feel in a given moment. In couples therapy, this has a big effect on how accessible and responsive partners are to each other. 

These responses, especially reactivity, are often outside of our awareness.  Inherent in the EFT model is the practice of slowing down to invite deeper awareness of internal experience. In this presentation we will offer practices for you to deepen into the somatic aspects of EFT, both for yourself as therapist and for working with your clients.  As EFT therapists, when we improve our somatic skills of tracking and sensing our own bodies, we settle into ourselves; we become steadier, more responsive, and more reassuring to our clients.  A somatic approach is useful for helping partners unpack and “make sense” of their reactivity.  In EFT, when we focus on the somatic elements, we gain an opportunity to mine the richness of desirable body states that occur when partners connect with themselves and each other.  Over the long run, this builds the security they are seeking.

Learning Objectives:

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

2. Practice tracking clients somatically.

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

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


Leslie Kirby, LMFT is an EFT Certified therapist with over 25 years of experience in somatic psychotherapy. Her EFT couples work is informed by experiential models such as Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, NARM, and AEDP. She believes that our somatic experiences and relationships are formed within our social and cultural contexts—most of it without our conscious knowledge. As a white student entering graduate school she was struck by how white the field was and began wondering how this impacts psychological theories and work with clients. In 1994 she wrote her thesis to explore this question—White Shadows: The Unconscious Aspects of White Privilege. She’s still exploring this question and knows she is a fish who can’t see the water, but also knows you can see a lot more if you pay attention, listen deeply, and allow yourself to be vulnerable. She’s a long-time dancer and has learned most of what she knows through her body.

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.

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