For the Professional 2018-02-15T00:59:56+00:00

Moving Couples Forward: Using Concepts of Differentiation and Attachment to Harness Growth

When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA
Instructors: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT and Katherine Waddell, LMFT
Early Bird Rate: $110  Regular Rate: $135 after 4/6  Agency Clinician Rate: $65

Differentiation of Self and Attachment Theory both offer a window into how to understand the very human struggle as clients’ attempt to balance out a desire to be close and connected to others, yet have an independent and strong self of self.

This workshop will spend the morning exploring these key concepts and how they each explain couples’ best attempts at orienting and managing themselves in their relationships.

The afternoon presentation will guide clinicians to start thinking developmentally about couples, using both differentiation and attachment theory, and teach six developmental assists that support differentiation and risk taking in building stronger, more vulnerable and more loving kinds of interactions. Participants will learn through a combination of lecture and role plays with audience members. There will also be discussion of the importance of the therapists’ own differentiation in utilizing these interventions. The work being presented is based on the concepts and work of Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, founders of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy.

Nancy Knudsen, LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Northampton, MA with over 30 years experience in the field. She has used a family systems orientation over the years to work with individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues.

Katherine Waddell, LMFT is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Couples Center of the Pioneer Valley located in Northampton, MA. Having worked with couples for over 20 years, Katherine teaches and trains therapists, offering workshops and supervision in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (Ellyn Bader/Peter Pearson) across the USA.


For the EFT Clinician

EFT Video Series

When: Monday Evenings, March 19, April 16, June 11; 5-7pm
Where: 53 Center Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Moderator: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT

Come watch EFT master therapists work with a couple. We will start and stop the video at various intervals to discuss what the therapist is doing and outline other choices that could be made. Master therapists include Sue Johnson, Rebecca Jorgensen, Scott Wooley, Marlene Best, Katherine Rheem, and other ICEEFT Certified Trainers.


Follow the Emotion: An EFT Refresher Course

When: Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2018, 9-4:30
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
Early Bird Rate: $250, Regular Rate: $300 after 5/4

This workshop is designed for those who have already received basic training in Emotionally Focused Therapy,

but want to review theory & practice. Some didactic, some video demos, and some experiential exercises will keep each day lively and varied.

Day 1: The Challenges of De-Escalation

The De-Escalation Stage of EFT Treatment takes couples through the heightened negative cycle of conflict and disconnection to a place of new possibilities based on an emerging capacity for mutual empathy. Sound easy enough?

Participants will review steps 1-4 of Stage One Treatment along with the EFT skills involved, and troubleshoot the common places where EFT therapists get stuck.

Day 2: Strengthening the Bond

Once a couple’s conflict cycle is quieted, many couples experience such relief that they are ready to terminate. But the real magic of EFT is actually the Stage Two work. This is when we help the couple deepen their bond with a new level of openness and vulnerability. Day 2 will review steps 5-7, first with withdrawer re-engagement and then pursuer softening, along with the EFT skills involved.

Nancy Knudsen, LMFT has devoted her 30 year career to serving couples and families in distress, most recently using the model of Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is a Certified EFT Supervisor, a Past President of MAMFT, a Founding Member of the New England Center for EFT, and Co-Director of CFINE.