Michael Barnett, LPC is a certified supervisor and trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for EFT. Michael brings extensive experience in the addictions field and a passion for helping couples and families impacted by addiction. Michael’s focus and passion is working with couples and training other professionals who work with relationships. His interest in couple therapy began early in his career when he noticed that successful treatment healed not only the relationship, but helped individuals transform their core working models and sense of self. He concluded that effective couple therapy could facilitate the deepest levels of change for the individual as well as for the couple. In addition to his clinical work, supervision and training, Michael is leading a research project that incorporates EFT into inpatient addiction treatment protocols at a leading alcohol and drug treatment center in Atlanta. He and EFT trainer Jim Thomas co-created this training module using EFT to treat couples on the addictive continuum in outpatient settings. Visit his website at: www.michaelbarnettlpc.com/about-us
Steffani Brandenburg, LCSW, LICSW, CST is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist with a full-time private practice in Mt. Kisco, New York. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Approved Supervisor through The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, with advanced training in psychoanalytic psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment and trauma-informed therapy including EMDR. Ms. Brandenburg has over 30 years of experience working with individuals and couples and specializes in working with LGBTQ identified individuals and mixed and same-gender couples. As a leading professional in the field of human relationships, Ms. Brandenburg has extensive experience providing clinical consultation, advanced clinical training and professional and community education throughout the New York Tristate area.
Carolyn Broudy, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and the Director of The Family Connections Center. She received her M.D. and M.S. from NYU School of Medicine, and completed her psychiatry residency and a fellowship in Women’s Mental Health at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She subsequently completed the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and the American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowships. She has taught at the Smith School of Social Work, and worked as a consulting psychiatrist for the state-wide program Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project for Moms. Her years of experience working with new parents and young children inspired her to open The Family Connections Center as a way to bring together a team of therapists who could better serve the needs of the entire family during the early years of parenting.
Theresa Bullock Cohen, LICSW, BCC, CGP is a licensed social worker, certified group psychotherapist, certified EFT couples therapist, and certified supervisor in full-time private practice. Her clinical focus is working with individuals, couples, and groups who struggle with secure attachment and intimacy. Theresa is a former supervisor for the Harvard University Mental Health Service, and currently provides supervision and consultation to therapists in private practice. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and is currently on the teaching faculty for the NSGP group training program. Theresa has over 15 years of clinical experience leading groups, and she has presented continuing education workshops for Boston College, Harvard University UHS, the Psychodynamic Couple and Family Institute of New England, Seacoast EFT Community, Psychology Specialist of Maine, and the annual conference for the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy. Visit her website at: www.tbcohen.com.
MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham, Ed.D., LMFT, is a Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Boston. From 1985-2005 she was a tenured faculty in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. While at UMass Boston she founded and developed the Family Therapy Program, and was its director. After 18 years of institutional development, FTP was awarded full certification from COAMFTE, (Commission On Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education) the accrediting body of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The UMass Boston FTP became the first academic program to be accredited in Massachusetts. This achievement was a milestone because, unlike many other states in the U.S. with several COAMFTE accredited programs, no marriage and family program in Massachusetts had ever been accredited by COAMFTE. Dr. Ham has also been a former president of the Massachusetts Division of AAMFT and a national board member of AAMFT. Her scholarship has been focused on issues of diversity, biracial coupleships, and ethics. For over 30 years she has provided family, couple, and individual therapy to diverse racial, cultural, gender identified populations. Although well versed in many modalities of therapy, her clinical focus is systemic therapies, in particular post-modern and social construction approaches including narrative therapy. Currently, Dr. Ham maintains a private practice in Northampton, MA. She is also a Master Therapist for Couples Therapy Inc, an online therapy practice that treats couples located internationally and throughout the United States. She continues to be affiliated with UMass Boston by teaching online advanced family therapy courses. Throughout her work, MaryAnna maintains her commitment to social justice and respectful communication. Visit her website: www.couplestherapyinc.com/dr-maryanne-ham-edd
Annette Cycon, MSW has over 30 years of experience as a social worker, child and family therapist and group facilitator. She is the Founder of MotherWoman, author and Master Trainer of the MotherWoman Support Group Model, which she taught nationally. She is co-founder, with Liz Friedman, of GPS Group Peer Support, LLC, a training organization building the capacity of diverse group leaders nationwide. Together Liz and Annette have designed the GPS model to be utilized with diverse populations, such as perinatal mothers at risk for or experiencing perinatal emotional complications, women in recovery, maternal health care providers, parental bereavement, faith-based and peer groups in educational settings and many others. Annette is well-known for her expertise and training in perinatal mood disorders, group facilitation skills and the application of culturally competent skills in clinical and group settings. She is co-author of the GPS model and is a GPS Master Trainer in the US and Guatemala.
Charles C. Daniels, Jr. is a noted Therapist, DRK Entrepreneur, Author and instructor who has taught at Simmons College and Harvard University. After suffering from the absence of his own father, Charles took an unexpected approach to identify the barriers that prevented his own father from remaining engaged in his life. That personal journey transformed into a mission to serve fathers nation-wide, so they can remain positively engaged in their children lives. His faith has led to the creation of Fathers UpLift, the nation’s first outpatient mental health center dedicated to paternal health and male family engagement. It offers an innovative, self-sustaining, and scalable clinical mental health care model. The programs provided by Fathers’ UpLift help fathers address their often-complicated challenges and needs associated with becoming and being a father, while also helping their children, families, and society overall.
Danielle Green, LICSW is a founding partner of the Northeast Contact Center Forum (NECCF). She received her MSW from Columbia University in 1993 and completed 5 years of further specialist training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, in New York City. She worked and taught at Cornell Medical Center for 10 years before relocating to Boston to serve as Clinical and Training Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. There, she trained social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists, and taught throughout the Harvard system. Danielle was certified as an EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) therapist in 2010 and as a certified supervisor in 2011. She has studied AEDP and trauma work with Janina Fisher and has recently embarked on studying Peter Levine’s work on Somatic Experiencing.
Tony Hudson, MEd helps leaders and organizations explore how race matters to them, and assists them in becoming racially conscious inclusive organizations. His purpose is to align people and resources to center racial consciousness and intersectional equity in relationships and collaboration. He developed the Racially Conscious Collaboration™ (RCC) Framework, a suite of research-based tools structured to assist people and organizations in transformation. His process includes three phases: 1.) Capacity building; 2.) Organizational assessment and plan development, and 3.) Deep implementation coaching.
Tony spent the last six years traveling across the country, successfully ushering organizations through racial consciousness development and organizational change with the Pacific Educational Group. He has worked with a wide range of clients, including fortune 500 companies, school districts, health care organizations, non-government, and municipal entities. As a result of his work as the lead consultant guiding New York University Langone Center for Early Childhood Health and Development through their transformation, the organization was recognized with a national award for their success. Tony’s success as an expert journey partner to organizations stems from his ability to meet organizations where they are at and move them from having uncertainty about race to progressively maintaining race equity and inclusion.
Jane Fleishman, PhD, MS, MEd, CSE is a Certified Sexuality Educator, researcher, and writer with more than 40 years’ experience. After retiring as the Director of Medical Education and Staff Development at a large psychiatric hospital, Jane pursued her PhD and began her successful encore career in human sexuality. In her recent TEDx talk “Is it OK for Grandma to have sex?” she articulates her mission to promote the sexual well-being of older adults. Her recently published research assessing the sexual satisfaction of aging adults in same-sex relationships is available here. Dr. Fleishman’s focus on changing the ways older adults’ sexuality is perceived allows her to bring together decades of experience in organizing, educating, researching, and implementing lasting change across a wide variety of disciplines. In 2000, she received Governor’s Service Award in Healing of Racism; in 2015, a Graduate Scholar Award from the Aging and Society Knowledge Community; and in 2016, the William R. Stayton Award for Leadership in the field of human sexuality. In 2020 her book on sexuality aging will be released by Skinner House Press. Visit her website at: www.janefleishman.com.
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. Over the past 10 years, Nancy’s primary clinical modality has been Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is a certified EFT therapist as well as a certified EFT supervisor, and served two years as the Assistant Director of the New England EFT Community. Nancy has taught a number of workshops on EFT for professionals, and has facilitated over 12 couples weekend workshops using the Hold Me Tight® Program developed by Dr Sue Johnson. Additionally, she is a Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Her most recent enterprise is Co-Founding and Directing the Couple and Family Institute of New England.
Dr. Bukky Kolawole is a Black, queer, gender non-conforming person and the founder and executive director of Relationship HQ. Her* purpose is to boldly disrupt systems of oppression with love so that we can all show up in the fullness of our humanity, i.e. with authenticity and vulnerability. She* is committed to helping therapists develop their racial consciousness so they can better serve all clients and not just a subset of clients (i.e. clients with privileged identities).
As a trainer, Dr. Bukky is dedicated to the design and delivery of dynamic, evocative learning experiences in which participants increase their knowledge and skills while feeling emotionally engaged through the learning process. Her* unique training style is culturally informed, emotionally engaging and captivating of participants’ hearts and minds. The combination of her* passion for teaching, unique training style and the emotionally-attuned environment she intentionally creates sets her* apart from other trainers. Dr. Bukky is a certified EFT therapist and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Read more about Dr. Bukky on her* website.
Mirza Lugardo, LMHC has 14 years of experience as Director of the Intensive Family Services Program of Harrington Hospital working with chronically mentally ill children and their families. Her skill set includes community outreach, program development, crisis intervention, clinical supervision, prevention, dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders and psychological assessment among other things. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, Couples and Family Therapy from Antioch University New England Graduate School. Mirza is also credentialed as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. In addition, she has been trained as a Doula and has helped over 100 women go through labor and childbirth in hospitals and birth center settings.
Kerry Lusignan, LMHC holds a Master’s from the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. In 2002, she opened her first private practice in Northampton, MA, and in 2009 began dedicating her practice exclusively to the treatment of couples in distress.
Kerry founded The Northampton Center for Couples Therapy in 2010, where she acts as Director and Supervisor of the center’s eight licensed couples therapists. Dedicated exclusively to evidence-informed/state-dependent couples therapy, NCCT treats over 100 couples a week, and offers intensive private intensive retreats attracting couples from around the country and abroad.
Kerry is one of approximately 135 Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists who has trained directly with Dr. John Gottman and received certification from the Gottman Institute.
In addition, she has completed advanced training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Therapy and is a candidate for certification in 2017. She has advanced training in Stepfamily Systems and is registered with The National Stepfamily Resource Center. Most recently, Kerry has embarked on training with Brent Atkinson in Pragmatic Experiential Therapy (PEX-T).
Her sub-specialties include high conflict couples, couples on the brink of divorce, and working with couples in marathon format; focusing on the integration of the different strands of state-dependent couples therapy from the leading evidence-based models of relationship distress.
Julie Mencher LICSW is a therapist, clinical consultant, and educator in Northampton MA who specializes in working with the LGBTQ community. Her organizational consulting work focuses on helping pre-K through college educational institutions and health care organizations in several countries to work toward trans inclusion and trans-competency. Formerly, Julie was the Transgender Specialist at Smith College (2001-2004), adjunct professor at Smith College School for Social Work, and Visiting Scholar at the Stone Center and Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College. She has published book chapters and articles in clinical journals and the media on LGBTQ topics, and is the co-author of the chapter, “Two Middle-Aged, White, Jewish, Cisgender Lesbians Sitting Around Talking About Trans Sex,” in Sex, Sexualities, and Trans Identities (2019, forthcoming from Jessica Kingsley Publishing). Her general psychotherapy and clinical consultation practice includes a focus on working with LGBT clients, particularly with the parents of gender-nonconforming and trans youth.
Michael Moran, LCSW, CST is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and Supervisor as well as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist based in New York, NY where he specializes his practice at the intersection of relational and sexual issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and travels the country training mental health professionals on how to effectively address sexual issues in couples therapy.
Marjorie Nightingale, JD, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples and sex therapy in a private practice in Washington, D.C. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at LaSalle University and is a doctoral candidate in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Drexel University where her research focuses on interventions for African American couples. She holds a post master’s certificate in Sex Therapy from the Council for Relationships, and a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. She has taught in MFT programs at Drexel, Virginia Tech, Jefferson Health Programs and The Council for Relationships. Before entering the mental health field, Marjorie spent seventeen years practicing child welfare law and family law in Baltimore. She recently received the 2020 AAMFT Foundation’s Outstanding Research Publication Award for her first academic article: Emotionally Focused Therapy: A culturally Sensitive Approach for African American Heterosexual Couples.
Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT is one of the Founding Members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Co-Director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr. Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is an experienced supervisor and trainer in EFT. She currently offers workshops, externships, and core skills trainings to mental health professionals in a variety of different settings across the world. She chairs the ICEEFT Education Committee and is responsible for mentoring and training EFT trainers internationally. Gail is an adjunct faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and a sessional lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Gail has a particular interest in applying the model with work with families. For the past decade, she has been one of the lead EFT trainers who have developed and expanded on Sue Johnson’s EFFT method. The definite text co-authored by Gail Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience is now available. Gail’s work has included EFFT trainings across North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand, presentations at EFT summits, workshops at the Networker and AAMFT, publications in the EFFT workbook and casebook, articles in professional journals and the ICEEFT newsletter. Professionally, Gail’s primary passion is to help therapists who are both new to EFT and trained in EFT, to bring the powerful interventions and skills of this model to the family therapy room.
Peter Titelman, PhD, maintains a private practice in clinical psychology, specializing in Bowen family systems therapy, consultation, professional education, and supervision in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Titelman has been leading consultation groups on the professional’s own family for close to thirty-five years. He is a founding member of the New England Seminar on Bowen Theory in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He is the editor of The Therapist’s Own Family: Toward the Differentiation of Self; Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory; Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives; and Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives.
Dr. Titelman was on the faculty of Leadership in Ministry in Newton, Massachusetts. He was a co-founder and clinical director of the Family Living Consultants of the Pioneer Valley in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Titelman has taught and supervised graduate students as an adjunct faculty member at Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire; Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Newton, Massachusetts; St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford, Connecticut; and Smith College of Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts. He has given presentations and training events nationally and internationally, including teaching Bowen family systems theory at the Society of Family Consultants and Psychotherapists in Moscow, Russia, and he presented a seminar at An-Najah National University in the West Bank of Palestine. His current research interests, in addition to the concept and process of differentiation of self, include the concept of emotional process in society, specifically the Israeli–Palestinian conflict from a Bowen theory perspective.
Katherine Waddell, LMFT is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Couples Center of the Pioneer Valley. 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.
She also brings a long history of trauma work with EMDR and the Adaptive Information Processing Model into her work with individuals and couples. She practices in Northampton, MA.
Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, RDT/BCT is licensed psychologist who taught Marriage and Family Therapy for 23 years as a Professor at Central Connecticut State University. Having founded his approach to relational therapy, Rehearsals for Growth (RfG), in 1984, he has presented over 230 professional workshops in 8 countries, training over 1000 therapists. He is an author/editor of 5 books (starting with Rehearsals for Growth: Improvisation for Psychotherapists in 1994) as well as 50 professional chapters and articles. He is the recipient of: Psychodrama’s Zerka T. Moreno Award (ASGPP), both Drama Therapy’s Gertrude Schattner Awards and a Research Award (NADTA). His website is: www.rehearsalsforgrowth.com.
Howard C. Wolfe, MA, LMFT, was trained as a Family Sociologist before completing two marriage and family therapy programs, one at Penn State (MA) in Human Development and one at The Minnesota State University (PhD program) in Home Economics. He has been practicing for many years in a variety of settings including street work with youth, mental health clinics (as a clinician, supervisor, and director), and in private practice.
He has directed two successful Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Substance Abuse Prevention Grants. His work is split between providing training and consultation on child guidance and substance abuse prevention and treatment for youth, and a private practice in Marriage and Family Therapy in Arlington, MA.
His career is dedicated to helping children grow up and understanding the things that keep them from growing up. He believes that the Family Systems approach can play an important and unique role by promoting healthy parenting and families through couple and family therapy and parent education.