Perspectives on Emotionally Focused Therapy in Middle Eastern Cultures

Join us for this panel discussion with considerations on EFT in Middle Eastern Cultures. 

Course includes the replay video (150 mins) you can watch and re-watch at your own pace. 


Dalia Sileem-Naguib (Egypt)

Dalia Sileem-Naguib is an Egyptian-American Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an EFT Certified Supervisor Candidate and therapist in Northern California. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Dalia presented workshops in CA and Egypt on different topics, such as Eating Disorder and EFT. Dalia is the Director and Co-founder of the Egyptian Community for EFT. Supervises clinicians in Group Supervision and Individually in Egypt. She has a full-time Private Practice in San Jose, CA where she sees Individuals, Couples, and families.

Eman Onsy (Egypt)

Eman Onsy is EGYCEFT Director and Co-founder and the chair of Family and Couples Section of Egyptian Association for Group Therapies (EAGT). She got her Masters degree in counseling psychology from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2013. Since 2013, Onsy practices couples counseling from the Emotional Focused Couples Therapy approach (EFT). In the past few years, Onsy has been able to build a network for EFT in Egypt and supported EAGT family and couples section to grow. She has helped to bring ICEEFT (EFT diploma) training to Egypt and has supported having Egyptian EFT candidates who finished externship and core skills. 

Jila Behnad (Iran)

Jila is an Iranian American Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. Jila is adjunct Faculty at Palo Alto University where she teaches EFT. She is the CEO and Founder of Raha Foundation and director of the Iranian EFT Community.

Dr. Mona Cheraghi (Iran)

Dr. Mona Cheraghi received the Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 2015 and specialized in couple therapy. In 2016, she joined the department of counseling, Shahid Beheshti University, as an assistant professor. Her current research interests include family relations cultural psychology, and culturally sensitive treatments. She teaches family therapy, psychotherapy theories, behavioral sciences, attitudes, and clinical practice to undergraduate, and postgraduate students. She has published several scientific papers  and has appeared as an expert on numerous TV and radio programs. 

Lee Reuveni (Israel) 

Lee has a MSW in Social Work and MA in Gender Studies. She is a certified sexual therapist and an EFT Therapist for couples.

 In addition, Lee is a writer of two sexual education books for children and teenagers.

Senem Zeytinoglu (Turkey)

Located in İstanbul, Turkey, Dr. Senem Zeytinoğlu-Saydam, LMFT, is an AAMFT approved supervisor and EFT trainer. She is the co-founder of Turkish EFT Association and its current president. She is an assistant professor at Özyeğin University Department of Psychology. Aside from her faculty position, she holds a private practice where she sees individuals, couples and families and provides clinical supervision to graduate students. She serves on the board of International Family Therapy Association and she presents nationally and internationally.

Evelyne L. Thomas (UAE)

Evelyne has been working as an EFT Therapist with couples since 2005. She has supported other therapists training in EFT with bringing Gail Palmer to facilitate the Externship for UAE and region-based therapists. In the UAE for the past 36 years, she has been privileged to work with and learn from multi-cultural clients and students of all ages and backgrounds. She also draws from her personal experience of being an expatriate, a wife and a mum. 



Kathryn de Bruin

Kathryn de Bruin is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor.  She has a full time private practice in San Diego, CA where she works with children and families.  Kathryn teaches Play Therapy at the University of California San Diego, in the Play Therapy Program, and at Bethel University.  With a heart for her homeland South Africa, Katheryn started  She travels back frequently to provide trainings.  As an AAMFT supervisor, Kathryn enjoys providing supervision in person and online.  Supervisees have described her as warm, perceptive and skilled.  With her strong work ethic, it is important to Kathryn to be accessible and responsive to those who work with her.

Elana Katz

LCSW, LMFT, senior faculty at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, is a certified EFT Trainer, a founding board member of NYCEFT and their Director of Strategic Planning, and a co-facilitator of the ICEEFT Diversity Committee. She presents nationally and internationally, including core EFT trainings in Israel.

Dr. Derek Olson

Dr. Derek Olson is the Managing Partner of Global Consulting & Training at The Ubuntu Group. He holds a PhD in Leadership Studies: Cross-Cultural Organizational and Leadership Development from the University of San Diego’s (USD) School of Leadership and Education Sciences. In addition to his organizational consulting work, he researchers and lectures at USD’s School of Business on topics of organizational behavior, organizational development, and leading across cultures. Together he and his wife serve others through The Oak Stone Project that seeks to create spaces that create.