EFT Externship

  • 11 Nov 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • 14 Nov 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • 40 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004
  • 62


  • Available until October 1, 2020
  • Registration allowed until 3 weeks prior to event. Must provide documentation.
  • Registration ends 3 weeks prior to event. Must provide documentation.
  • If you had taken externship before and would like to attend again, you can pay a discounted fee.


Four Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy

George Faller, LMFT and Zoya simakhodskaya, PH.D.  


Through a combination of lecture, videotape, observation of live interviews and exercises, participants will learn to identify the basic stages and steps of Emotionally Focused Therapy and to help couples, individuals and families recognize and de-escalate problematic cycles of interaction.  Participants will also learn to help couples create or restore the emotional bond between them once the negative cycle, and the attachment needs that drive it has been understood.

Learning Objectives:

  • See emotional distress from an attachment perspective
  • Overcome therapeutic impasses
  • Help partners recognize the emotional responses that maintain the relational distress
  • Shape key bonding events that redefine the relationship as secure
  • Help couples repair attachment injuries, fostering healing within and between each partner

You will also see live consultation sessions with a couple, a profound learning experience.

WHEN: Wednesday-Saturday, November 11-14, 2020.

WHERE: 40 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004


TRAINERS:  George Faller, LMFT and Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D

with Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT

COORDINATORS: Rachel Goldstein and Sarah Trance



is a licensed psychologist and certified EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer. She has a full-time practice in Chelsea, NY with adults and couples, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service and continues as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine. Zoya trains EFT therapists locally, nationally and Internationally. She is particularly interested in intersection of couples therapy and sexuality.



is a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Connecticut and an Approved Supervisor for AAMFT. He is the founder and president of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. As an EFT Trainer, George teaches several classes at Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, CT. The experience George brings to the EFT community is vast, as he works as a marriage consultant and conference leader to the US Military, FDNY, Wall Street executives, and trains therapists across the U.S. and abroad. Specializing in trauma, EFFT, and self-of-the-therapist issues, George is committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of EFT.



is a senior faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City and a certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer. She presents frequently on family therapy and collaborative divorce, including EFT trainings in Israel, South America, Australia, and across the Midwest. She has a particular interest in understanding and addressing the impact of marginalization on family relationships in the therapeutic process. Elana serves on the Executive Board of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy where she is also a founding member. Her private practice is in Manhattan. 


We provide a limited number of seats for discounts on students, clinicians who work in agencies providing care to underserved or marginalized populations, active or former military mental health professionals and VA employees. 

If you are registered as a student, agency clinician, military or VA employee, you will need to verify your status at the event to gain your discounted entrance. Students must be full time and bring an official course schedule to the externship registration table for verification. 

Full Fee: $1295 

Early Bird Price: $1195 - available until October 1st, 2020

Part time Agency Workers: $750 - registration closes 3 weeks prior to event

Repeaters: $700 - registration closes 3 weeks prior to event.

Full time agency, active or former military, graduate students, VA employees: $650 - registration closes 3 weeks prior to event.

Suggested Reference Materials for Study:

The following books are recommended for those who would like to study in advance of the externship.

  • The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Connections, Third Edition, Susan M. Johnson (2019)
  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook, Susan M. Johnson (2005)
  • Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Furrow, Palmer, Johnson, Faller, Palmer-Olsen (2019)

As part of your registration, you will receive a copy of "Attachment Theory in Practice" book by Dr. Sue Johnson.

Terms of Participation

Externship participants are required to have the training and educational qualifications to legally practice as a professional mental health practitioner or be in formal training to be a professional mental health practitioner. Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training.

Certification in EFT is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification.

Enrollment in this training constitutes an agreement to hold harmless New York Center for EFT, and all presenters and trainers from any and all claims, actions, and judgements, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against the same.

Participants agree not to record any part of this training in any format (audio, video, or visual) and understand that anyone recording the training may be asked to leave immediately without refund or compensation. Personal written notes of non-confidential material are permitted.

Cancellation Policy:

If cancelled 30 days before the start of the event, fee will be refunded minus $100 administrative fee. After that date, the fee is non-refundable. You can attend the next available EFT Externship through NYCEFT after paying $75 transfer fee.

CEU Certificate: additional $20 through R. Cassidy Seminars.  Application Pending.

CE Contact Hours: 28

Sarah Trance and Rachel Goldstein are coordinating this EFT Externship and can be reached with questions, comments, or concerns at: Sarah Trance  -;  Rachel Goldstein -

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