Washington Baltimore Center
for EFT

Excellence in training mental health clinicians in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Kathryn Rheem, Director

Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, is Director of the WBCEFT and a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.  She has worked extensively with combat-related trauma and the impacts of high stress on couple relationships. Kathryn presents EFT and the Hold Me Tight Educational Program at many conferences such as the Psychotherapy Networker, AAMFT Annual Conference, Smart Marriages, the EFT Summit, NARME, and trains mental health professionals in EFT many times a year in various locations across the U.S.

Kathryn has trained U.S. Army Family Life Chaplains & European Regional Medical Command in EFT and worked with military service members and their partners at Fort Hood, TX, Camp Lejeune, NC, Fort Belvoir, VA, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and in Germany. Kathryn, along with Dr. Sue Johnson, is the founder and director of Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provides EFT-based weekend retreats for Soldiers & Marines coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and their partners.

Kathryn conducts EFT trainings internationally, including with the Dutch Defense Ministry and Dutch, Flemish, & German mental health professionals in Holland. A clinical member of AAMFT, she can be contacted at kathryn@wbceft.com or by calling 703-283-7570 


Kathryn’s Publications:

Rheem, K.D., Woolley, S.R., & Weissman, N. Using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Military Couples. In B. Moore & J. Carlson (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling Military Couples, New York: Routledge, (in press).


Rheem, K.D., Woolley, S.R., & Johnson, S.M. Emotionally focused couple therapy: A military case study. In D. Carson & M. Casado-Kehoe (Eds.), Case Studies in Couple Therapy: Theory-Based Approaches, New York: Taylor and Francis, 2011.

Johnson, S.M. & Rheem, K.D. Surviving trauma: Strengthening couples through Emotionally Focused Therapy. In P. Noller & G. Karantzas (Eds.), Couple and Family Relationships: A Guide to contemporary research, theory, practice and policy. New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2011.


Sneath, L., & Rheem, K.D. Emotionally focused therapy with Army couples coping with PTSD. In R.B. Everson & C.R. Figley (Eds.), Families under fire: Systemic therapy with military families. New York: Routledge, 2010.  

Howard, M.D., & Rheem, K.D. (2009). Attachment & the creation of a safe haven: Use of emotion focused therapy in treating military couples impacted by the trauma of war. The Family Therapy Magazine, 8(2), 21-25.

         Rheem, Kathryn.  Helping a Combat Vet Face His
         Vulnerability: Connecting with the Shut-down Client. 
         Psychotherapy Networker, July 2012

For more information about Kathryn, visit kathrynrheem.com.

Linda Rogers, Associate Director








Linda Rogers, Ph. D., RN, LMFT, has worked with couples for over 30 years helping them along the path to building a safe and responsive connection.  She is certified by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy as an EFT therapist and supervisor. As such, she provides ongoing individual and group EFT consultation to other therapists interested in learning couples therapy, EFT or working towards certification in Emotionally Focused Couples or Family Therapy. She is committed to providing opportunities for therapists to learn to work more effectively with couples and families by providing ongoing EFT consultation and supervision. 

In addition to her formal education as an RN, her Master's level education in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, she has been privileged to receive excellent ongoing professional training with the leaders in our field. She began her intensive work in marriage and family therapy with an internship with Jay Haley, one of the founders of Family Therapy. Her increasing interest in couples therapy led her to conduct her doctoral research on resilience and to train in the models that have proven most effective: John Gottman's Marital Therapy and Susan Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). The end result has been an integration of theories that she believes optimizes her effectiveness in working with individuals, couples and families. 

As an adjunct professor at the Northern Virginia Campus of Virginia Tech, she teaches couples therapy to graduate level students. She has been an AAMFT Clinical Member since 1981 and a clinical supervisor since 1989. She is also an active volunteer with Give An Hour, an organization of clinicians providing therapy to returning veterans and their families. 

For more information about Linda, visit www.lindarogersphd.com

Dr. Angela Huebner

Dr. Angela Huebner is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech, housed at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, VA. Dr. Huebner has conducted family therapy with individuals, couples and families, both at Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services and in private practice. She teaches graduate level courses in Family Systems Theory, Structural/Strategic Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Research Methods and Advanced Research Methods as part of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She has completed advanced training in Internal Family Systems Therapy as well as Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. She has also completed the Level 1 LifeForce Yoga Practitioner training which harnesses breath for mood management. Her recent qualitative work has focused on stressors facing military families both during deployment and reintegration. She has also conducted numerous evaluation studies on the impact of military support services (e.g. Operation Military Kids; Military Family Life Consultant Program; Military One Source). Her scholarly work has appeared in Family Relations, Journal of Adolescent Health, Youth & Society, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Child & Family Studies, and Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Dr. Huebner completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Family Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Virginia.

For more information about Angela visit: www.nvc.vt.edu/mft/huebner.html

Leigh Conant

Leigh Conant, MS, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose passion is to help couples and families create stronger connections. She has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) and is certified as an Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapist (IBCT).


Leigh provides a safe and nurturing environment to become more engaged, responsive and thriving in relationships.  She works to deeply understand and support her clients, helping them explore their patterns of interaction that lead to distress and disconnection in their relationships.  Through this understanding she helps guide clients in building a safer, more secure emotional bond and deeper connection.


Leigh has worked extensively with the military community, helping individuals, couples and families with a variety of stressors including combat-related trauma and injuries, anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, deployments and frequent relocations. 


Leigh is a licensed in the state of Virginia and Massachusetts. She is a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  Leigh earned her master’s degree from Virginia Tech’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program and is a military spouse.  

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Leigh, please contact her at lconantlmft@gmail.com or 571-408-9334.

Faye Fiore

Faye Fiore, MS, is a resident in Marriage and Family Therapy working under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Linda Rogers. Faye is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s MFT program where she treated individuals, couples and families at the Center for Family Services. She is in the process of completing advanced EFT training with Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D, LMFT, and ICEEFT Certified Trainer.

This is a second career for Faye, an award-winning journalist for 30-plus years. She traveled the country writing with pathos and humor about politics, economics and social trends. Much of her work chronicled the experiences of U.S. service members and their families as they navigated a decade of war.

Faye is a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Faye, please contact her at fayefiore@gmail.com or 703-887-1595.

Douglas Tilley, LCSW-C, founder of the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT can be reached at Doug@douglastilley.com