The Colorado Center for EFT along with the growing EFT Community of therapists in Colorado Springs, along with the whole Colorado EFT community celebrates Jim Smith for earning his Certification as an EFT Therapist from the International Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Jim Smith is a LPC at Desert Streams Counseling, serving clients in a clinical capacity since 2016. Wherever he has gone on his professional journey, it has routinely brought him back to confirming he’s meant to be involved in helping people reconcile their relationships. Jim’s first experience came in 2005 while serving on staff with a Christian ministry called the Navigators. Fellow staff and ministry members in conflict sought Jim’s help to reconcile their conflicts. This work tapped into a deep longing in Jim to see people reconciled. He sought more training through a Masters of Arts in Counseling at Colorado Christian University from 2009-2011.
While working overseas in Southeast Asia from 2011-2015, Jim was able to see first-hand the destructiveness of conflict among missionaries – anxiety, hopelessness, depression, burn-out and ultimately team division among those who left their state-side lives to love others overseas. Jim saw the limits of his ability to help; 2015 was a discouraging year!
Returning from overseas, Jim and his family moved to Colorado Springs. Here he was exposed to Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). This model provided Jim an effective roadmap to help couples in emotional dysregulation from conflict learn to slow down, reach, reconnect and repair their bonds. Since 2016, he has seen multiple couples restore connection and heal their relational bonds. Jim is thrilled to be involved in the growing EFT community in Colorado Springs.
From Robert Allan, EFT Trainer regarding Jim Smith and his accomplishment:
Good evening – if anything could top the Externship last week it would be getting the good news that Jim Smith is now a Certified EFT therapist! Many of you know Jim who along with Janine King and Teresa Sahhar has been providing leadership in the EFT community in Colorado Springs.
Gail Palmer noted in her feedback of Jim’s work that his stage one tape “showcased your ability to stay with your client’s experience through reflection and validation. You helped build the female partner’s window of tolerance around facing and sharing her own emotional pain. I thought you did a good job of assembling her experience and setting up and processing the enactment.” Gail went on to note that Jim’s stage two tape “ was very beautiful and you did help the male client face and express his fear and also ask for acceptance from his wife…I can see that you have worked very hard to learn EFT and you have mastered the model.”
“Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Robert Allan’s mentorship provided Jim an effective roadmap to help couples in emotional dysregulation from conflict learn to slow down, reach, reconnect and repair their bonds. Since 2017, I have seen multiple couples restore connection and heal their relational bonds! I am so grateful for the life-change EFT has brought him, and he is thrilled to be involved in the growing EFT community in Colorado Springs.” Jim Smith, ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist, LPC