EFTCNJ serves as a "beacon of light," connecting couples to therapists who can help guide them from the stormy seas of distress to the calm waters of safety and secure connection.
EFTCNJ's mission is to promote healthy, loving relationships all across the Greater New Jersey area through the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Our objectives include:
Connecting the public to EFT-trained therapists and workshops for couples
Educating the public about EFT and the development of healthy attachment bonds
Providing ICEEFT-endorsed trainings and certification to students and licensed mental health professionals
Connecting, resourcing, and supporting EFT therapists through professional and social networking opportunities
Debi Scimeca-Diaz, President and ICEEFT Certified Trainer
Debi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of New Jersey. She is the director of EFTCNJ. She has a full-time private practice where she specializes in couples therapy and provides on-going local and long distance EFT supervision and training. She spent nine years as a Clinical Director of a community mental health Outpatient Clinic where she provided supervision, training, and mentoring to new therapists in the field. Debi is an AAMFT clinical member and approved AAMFT supervisor. She is dedicated and passionate about providing quality training to other professionals. Her goal is to touch the people she works with on a deeper level.
Karyn P. Bristol, Vice President of Clinical Operations
Karyn Bristol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. She has close to 20 years experience in clinical social work—working in schools, residential treatment, community mental health, and private practice. Karyn currently has a full-time private practice in Princeton, NJ where she works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She specializes in couples counseling and works with couples dealing with many different issues including disconnection, trauma, loss, infidelity, and life transitions. Karyn provides EFT supervision and consultation to therapists across the country.
Maria M. Lorditch, Vice President of Communications and Membership
Maria Lorditch, MSW, LCSW is an ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor with a private practice in Summit, NJ, where she primarily works with individuals and couples. She began her career in the field at a community mental health agency serving at-risk children and their families as their bilingual Spanish/English clinician, and then later as a coordinator of programs, supervising clinical staff and interfacing with other community providers of service. Maria has formal training in working with victims of trauma, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other attachment-related trauma; she has completed both parts of basic training in EMDR. As a result of her work with families, Maria gravitated toward couples work. She enrolled and then graduated from the NJ Couples Therapy Training Program (NJCTTP), a division of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ (CPPNJ) in 2013, and served as a member of the program's faculty from 2014-2017. She discovered EFT through NJCTTP and developed a passion for this scientifically-proven model of treatment. As a bilingual psychotherapist and a founder of EFTCNJ, she hopes to support the growth of EFT in both languages throughout the greater NJ area.
Jasmine Ueng-McHale, Director of Community Programs and Outreach
Jasmine Ueng-McHale, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist practicing in Pennington and Princeton, NJ. She received her B.A. in psychology from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a certificate in modern dance. She completed her doctorate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. While at CUNY, she conducted research on the affective communication between mothers and babies, attachment theory, and reflective functioning. She later went on to develop a parent-infant and parent-toddler program in East Orange, NJ at the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health. In addition to her clinical work, Jasmine teaches an assessment course in the Certificate Program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University. Interested in attachment relationships, the treatment of trauma, work with diverse populations, and spirituality, she is honored to work with individuals of all ages, parents and children, and of course, couples. She has been participating in the EFT community since 2010.
Linda B. Weber, Director of Continuing Education
Linda B. Weber, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker practicing for the last 16 years. She is a certified EFT therapist, a certified Imago therapist and has a certification in Brief Therapy encompassing CBT, Solution Focused therapy and Narrative therapy. Linda has a full-time practice in Princeton, NJ with adults and couples. She integrates energy psychology in her work with individuals and implements the practical skills developed during 20 years spent running a sales training and coaching business.