Recording of Quarterly Seminar

  • 17 Sep 2021
  • 3:00 PM
  • 18 Oct 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • Online via YouTube


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quarterly seminar


Risk in being witnessed: choreographing emotionally vulnerable dialogues in a psychoeducational group for diverse couples

Presented by Traci Maynigo, Psy.D. and Lisbeth parra , M.S., MHC-LP 

You have an opportunity to purchase and view the recording of our workshop for $20 to support NYCEFT's anti-racism initiatives 

Those of us who attended the workshop were very moved by the community healing that happens when group members provide feedback to the couples having vulnerable conversations. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn and witness. We hope that we can all learn and bring it into our work with many clients.  

Through video presentations of group leaders in action, participants learned how to: orchestrate EFT enactments to allow partners to safely access, express, and respond to vulnerable emotion; discern cultural variations in attachment and emotion to ensure cross-cultural application; and utilize here-and-now processing to facilitate a self-reflective feedback loop between the couple and group, ushering emotional change among all group members.

This seminar included a particular focus on the experiences of our Latinx Spanish-speaking couples, and a discussion of cultural differences in emotional experience, expression, and engagement among them. Presenters demonstrated how to nurture emotional safety between partners by utilizing culturally competent skills that are especially effective in heralding emotional change among Latinx clients. 


Traci Maynigo, Psy.D.

    Dr. Traci Maynigo is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in couple and family therapy, multicultural psychology, and maternal mental health. She is the Program Director of two federally funded family strengthening programs at Montefiore Medical Center: Supporting Healthy Relationships and HERO Dads. SHR is focused on providing relationship and parenting education to low-income couples, and HERO Dads is focused on providing parenting and relationship education and vocational services to low-income non-custodial fathers. She has been researching and writing about relationship education, parenting, and diverse couples and families, with a particular interest in intercultural couples, for the past decade. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, master’s in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has specialized training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and is also a Certified Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Educator, PREP 8.0 Instructor, and 24/7 Dad Facilitator. She also holds a faculty position at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Outside of SHR, Traci enjoys singing, dancing, writing, and kickboxing. She and her husband live in Queens with their 2 children and dog. To contact Dr. Maynigo, please email

Lisbeth parra , M.S., MHC-LP 

  Lisbeth Parra, MHC-LP is a bilingual mental health counselor who provides compassionate, comprehensive, and genuine services to both English- and Spanish-speaking families. She is a Relationship and Parent Coach at Montefiore’s Supporting Healthy Relationships and HERO Dads, two federally funded family strengthening programs for low-income families. She has received extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, has received certification in Gottman training levels 1 and 2, and Prevention and Relationship Education Program (PREP) 8.0, as well as the National Fatherhood Initiative's 24/7 Dad curriculum. Lisbeth received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Human Relations from Pace University in 2017, as well as her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2019. Lisbeth completed her Mental Health Counseling internship at Supporting Healthy Relationships during her final training year, and was subsequently hired as a full-time staff member. Lisbeth enjoys reading novels and writing poems, as well as spending time with her family and dog, Layla. To contact Lisbeth, please email

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