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RegistRation open for STAGE TWO 2024-2025! 

(must have taken stage one to register for stage two)

Course Description

Unlocking the Change Process in EFT

This course moves through the Tango and the Steps and Stages of EFT, deepening understanding and developing skills and strategies to better help couples heal their connection. The course will emphasize the most up-to-date understanding of how to learn and practice EFT as described in Sue Johnson’s new book, Attachment Theory in Practice.  


Using videos of sessions, transcripts, and role-play exercises, we will focus on developing and strengthening key EFT skills. Additional topics covered will include managing the crisis of affair discovery; the transition from stage 1 to stage 2; working with trauma in EFT, and more. And you will have the opportunity to bring a couple for a live session with one of the teaching team! 


We want this to be a chance for everyone to gain confidence and skill, and to dive into the nuances of this complex work among a supportive community of fellow learners. Enrollment is limited. CEUs will be provided for those who complete the full course.

You must have completed an EFT Externship and Core Skills to attend this course.

Meet the Teaching Team

The Teaching Team

Sarah Ackerman

Certified EFT supervisor

Sarah Ackerman (LMFT 28883) has had a private practice in Berkeley for more than 30 years. Trained initially in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Women's Therapy Center in El Cerrito and subsequently with the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis of Northern California, she has more recently been immersed in attachment based modalities, most notably Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as Diana Fosha’s AEDP model for individuals. She works with adult individuals and couples. She also supervises learners of EFT, and has assisted in numerous Externships and Core Skills.. She has served on the board of the Northern California Community of EFT Therapists. Additionally she has a certification in Mind-Body Medicine from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC.


Jamie Bachman

Certified EFT supervisor

 Jamie Bachman (LCS 23644) is in private practice in Oakland. He works with couples and also with families and individuals. Jamie provides individual and group consultation and supervision in EFT, and has assisted in numerous Externships and Core Skills, as well as conducting Hold Me Tight groups with Sarah. He is on the adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley's MSW program, where he has taught Family Therapy and Theory and Practice classes. He is also on the faculty at the Psychotherapy Institute's (TPI) Supervision Studies Program, and is a supervisor for TPI’s postgraduate training program in psychodynamic therapy. Jamie worked for 12 years in hospice, providing clinical supervision and management for social workers serving families facing end of life. Jamie has also received advanced training in AEDP, and at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC.

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