Core Skills Advanced Training in EFT

  • 13 Sep 2024
  • 9:30 AM
  • 11 Jan 2025
  • 4:30 PM
  • Balance Arts Studio | 151 W 30th Street, New York, NY 10001
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  • Therapists working in community agencies serving marginalized clients who experience oppression, veterans or members of the military. Must provide documentation. Preference given to those in the Greater New York area.

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Core Skills Advanced Training In EFT

Advanced Level

Live In-Person

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors

44 CEs Pending

Get the experience and supervision from different trainers and several supervisors!

Core Skills training consists of four, two-day trainings (11 hours each) that will focus on the core skills of each of the EFT steps/stages. The trainings will offer instruction, live case consultations, group supervision and experiential exercises as set forth by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Participants are required to have completed an EFT externship. Core Skills training can be applied towards certification. Final decision regarding readiness for certification is determined by the ICEEFT ( EFT Externships and Advanced Core Skills trainings are designed for mental health professionals and trainees. Participants are required to note their professional affiliation on registration.

Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D


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. Zoya is one of the founding members and current member and Director of Supervisor Support for NYCEFT. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service. She continues to teach as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine, and CUNY. Zoya presents and teaches nationally on EFT and now is bringing EFT training to therapists in Russia and Ukraine. She loves helping therapists master EFT model and get through their learning blocks.  She has particular interest in intersection of EFT and sexuality.



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Session 1: September 13-14, 2024, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Steps 1-3 Assessment with Zoya Simakhodskaya 

Session 2: November 1-2, 2024, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Steps 3-4 De-escalation with Zoya Simakhodskaya

Session 3: December 6-7, 2024, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Steps 5-7 Withdrawer Re-engagement with Zoya Simakhodskaya

Session 4: January 10-11, 2025, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Steps 5-7 Pursuer Softening with Zoya Simakhodskaya 


Balance Arts Studio

151 W 30th Street, New York, NY 10001


In order to receive Certificate of Completion, each participant will present a case during one of the 4 weekends. Each case presentation needs to include a 10-minute video recording along with a case presentation form.

Participants must commit to all four weekends. Total full fee is $1800. Group size limited.  

We are offering a special rate of $830 to clinicians working full time in agencies serving marginalized or oppressed populations, veterans or current military members.  Limited number of slots.

Click here to Review the Core Skills Agenda 

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the theoretical foundations of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).

  2. Discuss relational distress from an attachment perspective.

  3. Describe and reframe the couple’s problems in attachment terms.

  4. Identify the self-reinforcing negative pattern (cycle) which keeps the couple from secure connection.                                            

  5. Formulate the couple negative pattern of interaction in a non-blaming way.

  6. Apply their knowledge of core EFT interventions (empathic reflection, validation, reframing, empathic conjecture, and heightening).

  7. Demonstrate use of RISSSC (repeating, images, simple, slow, soft, with client words and phrases) to access, expand and deepen emotion.

  8. Apply the moves of the EFT tango to couples therapy. 

  9. Conduct an assessment to determine a couple’s appropriateness for EFT and to understand key attachment patterns in context.

  10. Identify contraindications for EFT.

  11. Integrate an awareness of the impact of culture and social location in the assessment and treatment of couples.

  12. Identify the positions of the pursuing and withdrawing partners within a couple’s relational cycle.

  13. Conduct stage one enactments for couples to facilitate assessment, reveal blocks, and facilitate moments of emotionally significant interaction.

  14. Identify common EFT reframes.

  15. Name several purposes for enactments in EFT.

  16. Discuss the use of EFT de-escalation strategies for pursuers and withdrawers, respectively.

  17. Identify markers indicating a couple’s readiness to move from stage 1 into stage 2.

  18. Cite features of withdrawer re-engagement.

  19. Identify protective features of affective avoidance and suppression.

  20. Name disadvantages of emotional avoidance.

  21. Identify protective features of pursuing partners’ habitual strategies

  22. Name disadvantages of emotional avoidance.

  23. Discuss strategies for accessing emotion in stage 2.

  24. Identify features of successful stage 2 enactments.

  25. Integrate interventions to “catch the reactivity.”

  26. Name key aspects of restructuring a couple’s bond.

  27. Identify ways of connecting with angry clients.

  28. Describe several types of pursuer moves.

  29. Demonstrate the ability to catch common pursuer blocks.

  30. Cite features of pursuer softening.

  31. Name common nonverbal cues from withdrawers and pursuers.

  32. Practice guiding a couple through reaching for new responses.

  33. Identify pursuer longings and needs.

  34. Discuss the impact of attachment injuries on work with couples.

"I have just completed Core Skills with Debi Scimeca-Diaz and George Faller, who, along with their helpers Zoya Simakhodskaya, Benjamin Seaman, Judith Kellner, and Wendy Tomkiel, provided an extremely safe and encouraging environment for all of the participants to  risk using our EFT skills in role plays so that we could benefit from critiques by master trainers.  The expertise, warmth, and support of the team has helped bring my therapeutic approach to a far more effective level."   Carolee Kallmann, MA, LPC, LCADC

"The Core skills training has deepened my understanding of all of the steps in EFT and helped me feel a more solid foundation. The steps are explained clearly and the role plays are very effective in getting us to experience what our clients feel, and practice being there for them. I also liked the way the two day sessions were spaced out by several weeks. That gave us time to integrate the information and try on using it."  Carolyn McIntyre, LCSW

Continuing Education

44 Continuing Education Units with APA approval are provided by National Marriage Seminars (11 per session)

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid registration fees, signed in, attended the entire seminar,  signed in after lunch, 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.

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists/Mental Health Counselors Nearly all Professional Counselors, MFT, and Mental Health Counselor boards accept APA, including certain states for social work. Check with your board to be sure.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations occasionally. We attempt to stay on top of the most recent changes. If you have questions about a course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly for a definitive answer.

Also co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars 

In addition to the APA-approved CEU’s provided through the National Marriage Seminars of America, participants can receive “Certificate of Completion” through R. Cassidy Seminars. Participants would need to inquire with their state education boards if the “Certificate of Completion” would satisfy the requirements for CEU’s.R. Cassidy shared with NYCEFT in an email that the feedback they "have received from clients is that although we don't have the CE language we once had, attendees have in many cases been able to submit their certificate from us to their state licensing board for credit as proof that they have attended a course with a designated number of hours of attendance."

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

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 Core Skills Training through NYCEFT.

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.

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

Questions: Please reach out to Olga Tokareva at or 646-891-8828 with any questions or concerns.

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