Washington Baltimore Center 
for EFT

Excellence in training mental health clinicians and in providing client care in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT

Certified ICEEFT Trainer, Supervisor, & Therapist

Dr. Kathryn Rheem, Director of the WBCEFT for the last six years, has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in EFT nationally and internationally. She has been a student of EFT since 2002, has been using this empirically-validated approach exclusively in private practice since 2005, and continues to study and learn the model daily. Along with her mentor Dr. Sue Johnson, originator of EFT, Kathryn’s best teachers of this humanistic, attachment-based model are the couples she works with weekly in private practice.

Together, Sue & Kathryn created Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provided EFT-based weekend retreats for Soldiers & Marines coming home from the wars Iraq and Afghanistan and their partners at military installations in the U.S. and abroad. Kathryn has trained U.S. Army Chaplains & European Regional Medical Command in EFT and consults monthly with the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Kathryn trains and presents EFT regularly at many locations in U.S. including the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, AAMFT Annual Conference, state divisions of AAMFT, and EFT Summit and has taught EFT in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and Germany.

She works extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFT with trauma numerous times. In addition to the application of EFT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the Withdrawer Re-engagement process. For her doctoral dissertation, Kathryn completed the first analysis of Withdrawer Re-engagement, and she enjoys teaching clinicians how to come alongside and work with Withdrawers.

Kathryn was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C. by the Washingtonian magazine in December 2012. A clinical fellow and approved Supervisor of AAMFT, she has written nine articles/chapters on the application of EFT.

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To reach Kathryn, please email her at Kathryn@wbceft.com

To become a new client, please email therapy@wbceft.com

Melissa Peters, LCSW
Assistant Director
Certified ICEEFT Supervisor & Therapist

Melissa Peters comes to the WBCEFT with over 15 years of clinical experience working as a mental health therapist, advocate, and educator. Throughout her career as an LCSW she has specialized in working with couples and families, gaining a wide range of clinical experience in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment, and private practice. She is the co-founder of Village Family Counseling in Middleburg, VA, providing EFT therapy for couples and families in Western Loudoun County. She has a special passion and interest in helping couples heal from infidelity and attachment injuries, as well as providing free events about attachment, EFT, and relationships in the local community.


Melissa is a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, and has spent the last three years training under Dr. Kathryn Rheem at the WBCEFT. Since her own Certification, she has been a part of the Center’s training events and larger EFT community, and is extremely excited and honored to become the Assistant Director of the WBCEFT. She is passionate about EFT training and supervision and shares Kathryn’s vision of creating a connected training community that supports EFT therapists throughout their learning process. 


Melissa provides individual and group EFT supervision, offering both in-person and online consultation. Through the WBCEFT she is excited to expand the number and type of supervision opportunities to our local community as well as add several events for clients, including Hold Me Tight weekends and EFT information evenings.


Please be in touch with Melissa by emailing her at Melissa@wbceft.com

To become a new client, please email therapy@wbceft.com

Jill Soyka, LCSW
Certified EFT Therapist &
Certified EFT Supervisor Candidate

Jill Soyka is welcomed to the WBCEFT with over 20 years of experience working with teens, adults, and families in inpatient, outpatient, community mental health and private practice settings. Jill, an LCSW, is a Certified EFT therapist and Certified EFT Supervisor Candidate. She specializes in helping couples and families in conflict and has a passion for helping people live healthy, balanced, and connected lives.

She is the co-founder of Village Family Counseling in Middleburg, VA, which provides EFT therapy for couples, individuals and families in Western Loudoun County. Jill has management and supervisory experience, and contributes to the professional community by sharing her knowledge and experience with colleagues in formal and informal settings. She is passionate about EFT training and supervision and shares Kathryn’s vision of creating a connected training community that supports EFT therapists and their clients throughout the learning process. 

To reach Jill, please contact her at Jill@wbceft.com
To become a new client, please email therapy@wbceft.com

Angela Fowler-Hurtado, LCSW, Advanced EFT Therapist

Angela is a clinical social worker and has worked as a psychotherapist with individuals, couples and families for over 10 years.  She is passionate about creating and facilitating healthy relationships within self, couples and families.  Along with private practice, Angela has been a therapist in a number of mental health settings including a family counseling center, a teen parent program, and a women's homeless shelter.  She has also been a presenter with the Upside Down Organization (UDO), an organization that provides dynamic learning experiences for child-serving professionals.  Angela is the founder and creator of The Space Between Counseling in Washington DC where she has provided trauma and relationship focused therapy to individuals and couples.

Angela has extensive training in trauma and mind-body work and is an EMDR certified therapist, a model of therapy that focuses on restoring internal safety and connection after traumatic or overwhelming experiences.  She believes that significant healing can happen through the difficult and courageous work of therapy and that it is possible to restore safety and connection within ourselves and within relationships after even the most difficult experiences or hurt.  Angela is bilingual and offers therapy in both English and Spanish.

Angela loves using EFT with couples and is in the process of becoming a certified EFT therapist.  She brings deep compassion for couples who are in the process of working on their relationship and considers it an honor to join with a couple as they build, restore or renew deep and healing relationships. 

You can reach Angela by calling (202) 544-2032 or by emailing her at Angela@wbceft.com.
To become a new client, please email therapy@wbceft.com

Emily Brown, M.A.

WBCEFT is proud to offer reduced fee therapy provided by Marriage & Family Therapy Resident Emily Margaret Brown, M.S.. Emily has a Master's of Science in Human Development and is supervised by Dr. Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, Director of WBCEFT and international trainer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). To learn more about reduced fee therapy services provided by Emily Margaret Brown, please call Kathryn at 703.283.7570

Emily Margaret Brown is a Resident working towards licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her Master's degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech. Emily provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families to strengthen relational bonds, develop skills to improve communication, and enhance emotional closeness. She has a deep appreciation for the strength and vulnerability that clients bring and expresses that in the room by providing a safe space for each client. Emily creates a supportive environment of empathy, trust, confidence and success when working with her clients. In other settings, Emily has worked with individuals, couples and families across developmental stages dealing with various issues. Emily applies a family systems approach to the therapeutic process, incorporating strength-based techniques to emphasize each client’s inherent skills. 

Nicole Zens

We are delighted to share with you that we at WBCEFT have a new MFT Intern, Nicole C. Zens!

Nicole is completing the second year of her M.S. degree in Human Development/MFT at Virginia Tech, and she's been providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families at the Center for Family Services for over a year now. After discovering a deep level of compatibility with and love for the EFT approach, Nicole recently attended the Externship and will continue with Core Skills and other EFT training as she implements the model more and more in her work with families and couples under the supervision of Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT.

Nicole has a handful of openings at a reduced rate of $75/session. You can email her directly at nicole@wbceft.com or call her at 949-616-6598.

A Southern California native, Nicole attended the University of San Diego where she earned a double Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Visual Arts. During this time, Nicole also realized her passion for Marriage and Family Therapy through an internship with an LMFT. Here, Nicole was introduced to a variety of therapy models as she observed individual and couple therapy sessions and saw first-hand how good therapy changes people's lives. She also experienced the professional life of a busy LMFT which gave her a glimpse of her own very exciting future as a LMFT!