EFT Externship 2024

  • 13 May 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • 16 May 2024
  • 4:30 PM
  • FPWA | 40 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
  • 0


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Available until April 15, 2024
  • Registration allowed until 3 weeks prior to event. Must provide documentation.
  • Registration ends 3 weeks prior to event. Must provide documentation.
  • For those who attended a previous externship and would like to attend again.
  • Registration allowed until 3 weeks prior to event. Must provide documentation.

    *Note: priority given to participants from the greater New York area. To make the training engaging and experiential, number of attendees is limited.



Introductory Level

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors

Live, in-person

24 CE Credits (pending)

Through a combination of lectures, 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, have been understood.

Click here for learning objectives

WHEN: Monday to Thursday, May 13th-16th, 2024 9:00am-4:30pm

WHERE: FPWA | 40 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004

TRAINERS: Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D and Elana Katz, LCSW, LMFT



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 populations. 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 the intersection of couples therapy and sexuality.



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. 



NYCEFT is committed to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.

We believe it is vital to our community and to our work that we work to actively counteract the ideology and impact of systemic and institutionalized forces of oppression, including racism, transphobia, homophobia, and other forms of oppression. We are dedicated to providing trainings that respect and honor diverse identities and that are affirming to participants and clients of all races, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

To that end, NYCEFT has taken numerous steps, some of which include:

  • Revising training materials to reflect diverse identities and to address the impact of oppression and marginalization, race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status on sense of self, safety, attachment strategies and relationships
  • Seeking consultation from experts on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Providing trainings on microaggressions that all assistants are required to attend; offering significantly reduced fees to participants from agencies serving marginalized or oppressed clients
  • Including trainers, supervisors, and assistants from diverse backgrounds and identities in leadership positions
  • Offering optional affinity homerooms for: participants of color who elect to be in a homeroom with participants and assistants of color; and LGBTQ+ participants who elect to be in a homeroom with LGBTQ+ participants and assistants 

Please reach out to us with any questions or feedback. In addition, participants who hold marginalized or oppressed identities are invited to let us know of any additional steps or accommodations we can take to make the training more accessible and safe for you.

Click here to see a detailed outline of our Externship Agenda


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 before the event to gain your discounted entrance. Students must be full-time and provide an official course schedule for verification

Note: Discounted registration is only provided to those within the Greater New York area.

Early Bird Price: $1150 - registration closes on April 15th

Full Fee: $1295

Full-time agency, active or former military, graduate students, psychiatry residents and early career mental health professionals (3 years or less in practice)$700 - registration closes 3 weeks before the event

Part-time 50% Agency Workers: $800 - registration closes 3 weeks before the event

Repeaters: $800 - registration closes 3 weeks before the event. For those who attended a previous externship and would like to attend again.

VA employees: $750 - registration closes 3 weeks before the event. Must provide documentation. 

*Note: priority given to participants from the greater New York area. To make the training engaging and experiential, the number of attendees is limited.

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)

(Note: additional CE is not offered for reading the recommended books)

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid registration fees, signed in, attended the entire seminar,  and signed out to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

National Marriage Seminars of America is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. National Marriage Seminars of America maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Cancellation Policy: If canceled 30 days before the start of the event, the 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.

Accessibility and Support:

NYCEFT is deeply committed to supporting the diverse learning needs of every participant in our trainings. We are very aware that this externship may be a physically and cognitively demanding experience, involving sustained attention, extended sitting, etc. over many hours. If you feel comfortable, we would love to hear from you if there is anything we can do to make the training more accessible, or if there’s any additional support we can provide.

Please email Tanya Llewellyn at with any questions or thoughts.

Disclosure statement: There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Questions: Olga Tokareva is coordinating this EFT Externship and can be reached with questions, comments, or concerns at:

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