Emotionally Focused Therapy Study Group

The Charlotte Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Study Group

Work with us virtually, in person OR both! This Study Group has been created especially for you; licensed and pre-licensed therapists dedicated to working with couples.

At this time there is no study group planned for 2023.

This study group is ideal if you want to collaborate with others, improve your skills and you are committed to the EFT certification process.

In 2018, we will meet in a casual office setting while some colleagues join us online and we will focus on:

Case Review
Consultation and

If you are already EFT certified, you know how challenging couples therapy can be even for the best therapists. That is why you’re invited to set aside time every month to intentionally gather with other EFT therapists who want to work more effectively with couples.

Whether you are a seasoned therapist or just starting out, we begin with ‘Beginners Mind.’ Using our unique format, we zoom in on EFT techniques and interventions focusing on what works and why.

We’ve discovered these gatherings provide the MOST enrichment AND advancement when participants present a case along with a recording of their work. That seems to be when we lean in and learn the most from each other.

For an entire year, we will collaborate, support each other and take a deep dive into material that will enhance your work with couples.

We will also continue our conversation on the role of forgiveness using the Attachment Injury Repair Model (AIRM).

One Year of Supporting Each Other and Learning... Together!

Every meeting will be collaborative and focused entirely on practicing EFT.

EFT Peer Study Group For Therapists

In the Charlotte EFT Study Group participants commit to a full year of working together, supporting each other and learning how to work more effectively with couples.

Here are some of the benefits you’ll experience while participating in the EFT Study Group:

  • Receive monthly reading assignments
  • Enjoy access to AIRM online along with monthly reading and viewing assignments
  • Surround yourself with like-minded EFT therapists eager to learn and collaborate with you
  • Support and be supported by EFT Therapists who want to take their skills to the next level
  • Sharpen your therapeutic skills
  • Receive gentle yet powerful feedback from your EFT peers
  • Role Play with experienced EFT Therapists
  • Identify Blocks / Remove Obstacles
  • Receive access to the Private Charlotte EFT Study Group Facebook Page

We want to make this a special place for the seasoned therapist to grow and utilize advanced therapeutic skills. We also want the new EFT therapist to feel welcome, safe yet challenged while learning this elegant model.

We will utilize text-based reading, workbooks, articles, confidential case review and multi-media presentations.

The Charlotte EFT Study Group has always been designed to augment and encourage formal EFT training. Remember we are a study group and a not training program…..which means we do the work independently and bring our wisdom to the group and collaborate. Both are necessary. Both are powerful. This year we’re going to take it to the next level.


Working With Couples is a Privilege

Yet, at the same time, our work can be extremely challenging.

There are sessions when couples experience deep empathy and connection and leave the office feeling close. When this happens, you’re delighted and honored to be a part of their journey. Then, there are those other sessions, when things escalate or clients feel discouraged and disappointed. When this happens, you’re at a loss on how to proceed.

You might consult with colleagues or go online and order books, read a few and leave the others on the corner of your desk… for later. We’ve all been there! You may even consider a change in careers! Everyone responds differently to those rough sessions, but one thing is certain, we all care… deeply.

EFT and the science of attachment offers a map of affect regulation, cognitive restructuring and behavior change — and the effective EFT therapist knows how to lead clients from one to the other AND into relationship repair.

Meet Your Facilitator

Anne Hancock

B. Anne Hancock Psy.D.

Anne is a prominent relationship therapist and Founder of Wellness Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in working with couples and families. She has a doctorate in Psychology and masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Anne always works from a wellness-oriented, non-pathologizing point of view. That means no-blame, no-shame.

We are EFT peers!

We are committed to using the EFT Study Group to help expand and enhance understanding of Attachment Theory, EFT steps, stages and on-target interventions. Prepare to sharpen your skills and provide the best evidence-based couples therapy available. Clients desire and expect the very best and we believe every couple is entitled to nothing less!

We hope you’ll join us!

You may attend in-person or online.

We will meet on the following Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm ET:

  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 15
  • July 13
  • August 17
  • September 14
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 14

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About EFT

What is The EFT Study Group?

The EFT study group is designed to be a catalyst for your professional growth as an EFT Couples Therapist. Anne Hancock Psy.D, the group’s facilitator, is a Certified EFT therapist and Supervisor. She’s committed to providing safe and extraordinary support while engaging with you in a collaborative learning process.

Is this the same as formal EFT Training?

No. The intention of this study group is to augment formal EFT training and support you as you advance your learning and become your BEST professional self. A special benefit of this year’s study group will be our continuing focus on AIRM (Attachment Injury Repair Model). This formal AIRM training program, developed by Dr. Lillian Buchanan and Lorrie Brubacher M.Ed. has been endorsed by Dr. Sue Johnson and ICEEFT. AIRM is an evidence-based approach you can use to help your couples get unstuck and tap into the power of forgiveness.

What can I expect?

This group is not about teaching, although there will be lots of learning. It’s about working together, setting your own goals and objectives and getting what you want with the help, support and accountability of your peers. Anne will prepare and guide the meetings so we can collaborate and focus exclusively on learning the EFT model. Meetings will utilize:

  • Text-based reading PLUS research based articles
  • AIRM (Attachment Injury Repair Model)
  • Workbook review
  • Multi-media presentations, and
  • Confidential case review

This experience is not for everyone. It is for the couples therapist who wants to take a deep dive into the EFT materials.

Who is this for and who can participate?

Participants must have some formal ICEEFT approved training; the Externship at a minimum. Click here to learn more about EFT training events.

The group is open to Licensed and Pre-licensed Mental Health Professional and Masters and Doctoral Level Students interested in working with couples and the EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) method.

This isn’t your everyday study group. Participation will require listening, creativity, and a willingness to do the work and share openly. As we gather, each participant becomes an important part of the group dynamic. It is a special kind of relationship we develop. Commitment, vulnerability, respect and compassion are essential. Bring your unique gifts and skill set along with your interest in learning EFT and becoming ICEEFT certified. If you’re already certified, it’s about helping others get there too!

If you want to jump in and participate with your whole heart, that is what this group represents. You will likely be a perfect fit. If you think you just want to dip your toe in the water, then this probably isn’t the right venue for you.

Space is very limited and and registration will close as soon as we are full. We recommend registering early.

What are the terms?

Participation in the study group is a 1-year commitment. There will be 12 monthly meetings – we will connect via Zoom, a video conferencing service so you can attend virtually or in-person. We love spending time together! Participants may leave the group at any time, however, there will be no re-entry and no refunds for missed meetings. Participants will be welcome to rejoin the group the following year. Online registration begins November 1 and ends January 15. We launch on January 19. There will be no in-person, paper or late registration.

Because space is very limited we encourage you to reserve your seat early.

If you’re ready to join, registration requires a $75 deposit. This holds your seat AND will be applied to your January payment. Remaining automated monthly payments in the amount of $75 will begin in February. Once you register, we’ll know you’re ready to participate as a committed and valued member of the group and we look forward to working with you! Special note: This deposit is non-refundable and there will be no refunds for missed meetings.

Will CEU’s be available?

Certificates for 1.5 contact hours of peer supervision will be distributed at each meeting. If you have questions regarding applicability, please contact your licensing board. An additional 6 CE hours are available for purchase ($30) after completion of the AIRM Training Program.

If I register will I be allowed to drop out if I don’t like it?

Of course! But we are confident this will not be the case. Although there is a 1 year commitment, you may drop out at any time. You may not re-enter the group, however, until the following year.

The decision to enroll requires your careful consideration. If you believe this is right for you, take the plunge and enroll. We look forward to welcoming you!

More Questions?

Contact Anne Hancock by email or by phone at 704-319-5593.