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Introducing the Application of Ketamine Assisted EFCT: A revelatory intervention that assists clients and clinician alike

  • 04 May 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612


  • Complimentary Online via zoom
  • Available for Board Members and Voluteers
  • For In person meeting only. Must hold active license.
  • In-Person Pre Licensed, and Bipoc/DEI Clinicians.
  • Online registration for zoom.
  • Online (Zoom) Pre Licensed and BIPOC/DEI



Introducing the Application of Ketamine Assisted EFCT: A revelatory intervention that assists clients and clinician alike


May 4, 2024, at Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Presented by: Kathryn Rheem, EdD, LMFT and Jennifer Olden, MA, MFT

Kathryn and Jen

Join us in-person in Oakland, CA, or online from anywhere in the world, for a very special one-day training with EFT Cafe’s Kathryn & Jen, introducing the application of Ketamine Assisted Emotionally Focused Therapy!




As many of you know, psychedelic assisted therapy is our field's leading edge. Many models of therapy are integrating psychedelic assisted therapy with great benefits. While not technically a psychedelic, Ketamine -- a dissociative anesthetic with psychedelic features -- is a legal and safe drug used around the world every day. It is on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of the six drugs needed in every medical clinic which is just one indicator of its safety! Ketamine for mental health is considered an "off label" use. Still legal. Totally safe. Very interesting as an assist for therapists like us!


Ketamine is called the "benevolent disruptor" for how it helps our nervous systems get breaks (dissociate) from our regular, typical, habitual defenses. In these breaks from our regular defenses, new possibilities emerge which Ketamine assisted therapy amplifies. Ketamine provides an assist for us EFT clinicians and for our clients who have often worked so hard in therapy (sometimes for years) to befriend their inner-worlds. 

Over the last two years, Kathryn has received over 130 hours of specialized Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) training (from the father of KAP, Phil Wolfson, MD, of Ketamine Training Center, Polaris Insight, Fluence among others) and has been providing Ketamine Assisted EFT for her couples for the last year. Numerous times, she has personally experienced the healing that Ketamine sessions can provide. Jennifer has received training from Polaris Insight and has experienced Ketamine personally in her work with ShaMynds Healing Center. Jennifer is also a member of Journey Clinical.  


Kathryn's clients report less anxiety and depression, more emotional flexibility, and more ease in finding primary emotions and sharing them among many other positive comments. One of Kathryn's couples said, "Ketamine dissolves my shame and I have more freedom to be myself without my lifelong shame in my way." This person's partner said, "Ketamine brings my partner back to me...I'm so grateful." Ketamine sessions have helped Kathryn's couples get unstuck. Defenses get dissolved temporarily (Ketamine stays alive in our nervous systems for 24 - 48 hours.) which gives us enough time and openness using KAEFT (Ketamine Assisted EFT) to find and work with what lies below those defenses!


Join us for our one-day EFT training with this revelatory intervention that may change your practice and your client's day-to-day life experience! PowerPoint slides and videos of real clients on Ketamine will be used for teaching. Questions are welcome and we will make plenty of time for Q+A!


Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT (she/her)
EFT Trainer, Supervisor & Therapist and Ketamine Assisted Couple Therapist

Co-Author, An Emotionally Focused Therapy Workbook for Relationship Loss: Healing Heartbreak Session by Session (Routledge, 2023) & The EFT Workbook (2nd ed, Routledge, 2022)


At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

1.   Describe and discuss an understanding of the theory of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when determining the appropriateness of Ketamine as an adjunctive intervention.

2.  Apply appropriate clinical judgment when deciding if KAEFT is an appropriate intervention for your clients.


3. Identify relevant ethics associated with Ketamine Assisted Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.


4.  Identify the practical applications for using Ketamine Assisted Emotionally

Focused Couple Therapy (KAEFT).

5.  Identify, describe, and discuss three possible benefits of KAEFT for their clients.


6.  Negotiate and collaborate with clients on the timing and pacing of KAEFT for each or both of them over the course of couple therapy.


Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, [Euro-American, cisgender, heterosexual, she/her] is a Certified EFCT trainer, supervisor & therapist. She has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) nationally and internationally over the last 15 years. She’s a co-owner Rheem, Clark & Associates, LLC (an EFCT-based clinical practice), co-director of the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT and a co-founder of the EFT Café, an online, monthly EFCT class. Kathryn teaches and presents EFCT regularly online to audiences in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and has published 16 articles/chapters on the application of EFCT, including as a co-author on the recently released the An Emotionally Focused Workbook: Healing Heartbreak Session by Session (Routledge, 2023) and co-author of the second edition of Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (Routledge, 2022).

After receiving numerous hours of training, Kathryn offers Ketamine Assisted Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (KAEFCT) which is a leading-edge adjunctive intervention for couples. She continues to work extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFCT with trauma numerous times. In addition to the application of EFCT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the Withdrawer Re-engagement process. For her doctoral dissertation, Kathryn completed the first analysis of Withdrawer Re-engagement, and she enjoys teaching clinicians how to come alongside and work with Withdrawers. Kathryn was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C. by the Washingtonian magazine in its most recent poll, December 2012.

You can contact Kathryn at kathryn@rheemclark.com.

Jennifer Olden, MA, MFT, has been providing therapy since 2000 using Emotionally Focused Therapy. She was one of the first ICEEFT certified EFT Supervisors. Jen organized the first EFT community meeting in Sacramento in 2008 and then was a co-founder of the Sacramento Davis EFT Center. She co-created the EFT Lab, an online program, which won the prestigious ICEEFT Award for Innovation and she teaches EFT throughout North America and Europe. She maintains a private practice while raising her three kids with her husband.



9:00 am - Registration/check-in/mingling with refreshments

9:30 am - Training begins

1:00-2:00 pm - Lunch - provided

2:00 pm - Training resumes

4:30 pm - Training adjourns

Two 15-minute breaks will be offered with refreshments mid-morning and mid-afternoon.


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


***Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training.  Confidentiality: You must agree to keep confidential the personal identifying information of case material shared in the training. By registering for this training, you agree to not record any part of this training in any format (audio, video or visual). Personal written notes of non-confidential material are permitted.


Regular Fee is $350.00 for members and nonmembers, and $175.00 for non-licensed and  BIPOC/DEI members.

Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for an additional $25 on any ticket type. 


This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences;

Psychologists: NCCEFT is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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


Those who attend this workshop in full, complete the course evaluation, (via Google Forms sent by email) and, for virtual attendance, attest to full attendance, will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided via email, within two weeks after completed evaluation is submitted. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop


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 ncceftinfo@gmail.com at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.


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.


In the event that a program presentation has an attendance fee, CANCELLATIONS are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 14 days prior to be eligible for a refund.


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