Center Hosted Core Skills with 2 Trainers, in Centennial Colorado

In order to resource therapists, and bring diversity to our area, the Center is proud to announce a new Core Skills Series in E.F.T. for the Denver Metro Area.

Plus, we are pleased that ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainers, Joe Cantu, Texas and Debi Scimeca-Diaz, New Jersey will be leading the series. Joe will facilitate weekends one and two (focused on Stage One work), and Debi facilitates weekends three and four (Stage Two work).

Joe Cantu, EFT Trainer, worked closely with Sam Jinich, EFT Trainer, in bringing EFT to Spanish Speaking countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain. His ambassadorship in EFT includes the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As an EFT Supervisor, he helped seed EFT there traveling from California to help grow community. Now residing in Texas, Joe fostered and leads community in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. He brings a kind presence, clarity about the model, and a commitment to supporting core skills participants in gaining a deeper understanding and skill in EFT.

Debi Scimeca-Diaz, EFT Trainer, is well known for her Power of Affect master class and her online training series on Affairs in EFT as well as building community in places like St Louis, Mid Michigan, Oklahoma and her home state of New Jersey Debi’s passionate about EFT. She excels at modeling and teaching therapists ways to be with partners in Move 2 of the Tango, to deepen emotional experience. She is also a licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor. She brings 20 years of experience in the field.

The Core Skills Series is for mental health professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge, confidence and skills in Emotionally Focused Therapy. It is one of the requirements for earning Certification from ICEEFT as a Certified EFT Therapist. Prerequisite: Completion of an EFT Externship

Core Skills is intended as a comprehensive experience, with a cohort participating in all 4 2-Day Trainings together.

Click here to Register for Denver Core Skills

About your trainers:

Joe X. Cantu, EFT Trainer

Joe X. Cantu is licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainer in Austin, Texas. Joe founded the Austin Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and is the founder of EFT Communities in Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin. Joe also established The Couples Institute, a private practice dedicated exclusively to working with couples and training EFT couples therapists. Joe is passionate about expanding awareness of EFT in Texas as well as providing EFT trainings and workshops in the Lone Star State. Previously, Joe traveled alongside and assisted Sam Jinich in his initial outreach to bring EFT to Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina and Spain. Joe is one of the Spanish speaking trainers and is currently working on bringing the first trainings in Spanish to Texas. Joe was mentored by Sue Johnson, Sam Jinich and Jim Thomas.

Debi Scimeca-Diaz, EFT Trainer

Debi Scimeca-Diaz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor in the state of New Jersey. Debi has a private practice specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She provides supervision, mentoring, EFT training and consultation to therapists from around the world. Debi is an ICEEFT Certified Trainer taught by Sue Johnson PhD, Director and Founder of the International Centre for Excellence in EFT ( She is the Director of the EFT Center of NJ (, committed to providing quality training to professionals, and growing EFT in New Jersey and other parts of the country. 

Core Skills Certificate completion involves the sharing of a video example of the therapist EFT work with a dyad (couple or family members) as part of course completion. These are 10 to 12 minutes in length. And the process goal is for everyone to share their work. It is not about having to show excellent or perfect work, but rather therapists attempting to work within the EFT Sandbox (as Jim Thomas often refers to EFT work at the Externship). The Trainers are encouraging and supportive, and feedback from the group is kept positive and welcoming.