This is a 24hr training event, excluding lunch and breaks.
9am - 4pm Arizona Time, lunch is 12:30 - 1:30pm

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    EFCT Externship - Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: in Phoenix Arizona

    • September 10, 2024

    • September 11, 2024

    • September 12, 2024

    • September 13, 2024

Arizona Externship

This is an in-person event

9 am - 4 pm PST

Location: Sonoran University of Health Sciences, (formerly Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences)

2140 E. Broadway, Tempe AZ 85282

This is an official Externship, endorsed by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and brought to you by TRI EFT Alliant and Alliant International University.

Attending this Externship is the first step to being listed at the EFT website, where couples are going to find trained couple therapists. Attending this externship is also a step towards becoming a certified EFT therapist. For further details about the certification process please refer to Susan Johnson’s International Centre for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT). In this Externship, you will learn to:

  • See couples distress from an attachment perspective.
  • Help partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain couple distress.
  • Shape key new interactional and bonding events.
  • Overcome therapeutic impasses.

You will see a live demonstration session, a profound learning experience.


Kathryn deBruin & Rachel Thomas

BA (SW); MA (MFT), LMFT, AAMFT, CAMF. Certified EFT Supervisor

Kathryn de Bruin

I am the owner of Kathryn de Bruin Therapy and Training, and a licensed San Diego based Marriage and Family Therapist and Therapist Trainer.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer
AAMFT Supervisor
Registered Play Therapy Supervisor


Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas, LMFT is the owner of Therapy With Heart in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an EFT Certified Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer in Training. Rachel is currently focusing her energy on training and supervision of therapists both within Therapy With Heart and in the Arizona Emotionally Focused Therapy Community. Recently, she has done trainings in EFT and Affairs, EFT Across Systems, Attachment Based Suicide Prevention, EFT Supervision Reboot, and Intro to EFT. She provides mentorship and supervision to her team of seventeen therapists and offers therapy to couples, individuals, and adult families, and conducts 2 day couples intensives.

This is an in person event

We will at times break into smaller groups for discussion or role play led by experienced EFT therapists. 

Also, we will be showing video of actual client sessions.

General Objectives of the EFT Externship

  • To gain a clear understanding of the systemic concepts and basic experiential moves of an “Emotionally Focused Therapy” approach.
  • To hold an attachment view clients coping with their interpersonal dilemmas so you can conceptualize relationship distress and repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.
  • The focus of this training is on the general model of EFT as presented in the 2019 book, Attachment Theory In Practice, and how you can implement the model in couple and individual therapy sessions.
  • To provide the opportunity to develop skills in sharing, maintaining and engaging in an open and collaborative alliance with your clients.
  • To develop skillful use of the 5 moves of the basic macro-intervention “the EFT tango” in order to improve clients’ affect regulation, models of self and other, strategies for engaging with others and changing interactional patterns.
  • To develop ability to utilize systemic and experiential models of interventions applied as EFT micro interventions.
  • To participate in skills development to overcome common blocks and impasses across EFT therapy modalities so you can shape core corrective emotional experience that leads to constructive dependency and what we conceptualize as ‘secure attachment’. 
  • This training includes an overview of the entire model of Emotionally Focused Therapy including steps and stages, interventions, adult attachment theory, and application of EFT with couples and individuals. The externship is recommended for all types of mental health clinicians to counsel or want to cancel couples.

    This training is the prerequisite for all other EFT trainings.

Reference Materials for Study

  • Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families
  • The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection” by Susan M. Johnson, 3nd Edition, 2019.
  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook” by Susan M. Johnson, et al, 2005.

Daily Schedule

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time

60 minute lunch breaks each day. The training is Limited to 70 participants. Support from EFT practitioners to help you practice and learn in small groups.

Participation Requirements

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 The San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI-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. I have read and agree to follow the terms for participation.

Confidentiality Agreement

I agree to keep confidential the personal identifying information of case material shared in the training. I agree to not record any part of this training in any format