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Connected Couple

Our significant others often hold an invisible key that can activate painful hurts, fears, longings, and chaos that do not seem to manifest in other areas of our lives. At the same time, these very same partners also hold the golden key to both our personal healing, as well as lasting love. Through a course of EFT, I join couples in identifying, and ultimately breaking free from long-standing patterns that maintain couple distress, and help them find new ways to connect that promote closeness and long lasting love.

EFT Couple Therapy

EFT Couple Therapy

I have an abiding passion for marriage and couples therapy. It is the main focus and specialization and of my practice. EFT is an elegant blend of both empirically validated scientific research and respectful, effective humanistic therapy.


"Emotional dependency is not immature or pathological; it is our greatest strength."

Sue Johnson, Love Sense: The revolutionary new science of romantic relationships

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EFT Training

I am one of approximately two-dozen therapists in the country to become an ICEEFT certified trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). In addition to my clinical practice working with couples here at Pine River, I train other psychotherapists across the United States and Canada to become certified in the EFT model.


Upcoming EFT Core Skills Training

Core Skills Training is a small group experience designed to broaden the clinical skill sets associated with each of the nine steps in the EFT therapy process. Core Skills allows participants to deepen their understanding and engagement with the skill set of each segment of the series through hands-on, individualized guidance from the EFT Trainers. Approximately two steps are focused on in each weekend through a blend of didactic information, experiential practice exercises, a live demonstration with a couple, and supervision/case consultation.

All of these events are from 12:00-6:30 on Friday and from 9:00-4:00 on Saturday.

The cost for each weekend is $425.

Registration for core skills training is a commitment to the entire series of five trainings. The first payment reserves a spot for the series, and is $850.00, paying for the first and last sessions.

CEUs will also be offered for all disciplines: $35.00 for 48 CEUs

Core skills participants must be accredited mental health practitioners, or currently in a formally accredited educational/training programs to become one. 


Rebuilding Shattered Attachments: Healing Trauma in Couples Therapy

Join Dr. Silvina Irwin & Michael Barnett, LPC, for this ICEEFT special feature Trauma & EFT Seminar at Tulane School of Social Work, May 17-18, 2019.





UPCOMING externships


"And the day came that the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk to blossom."

― Anais Nin

Michael Barnett Speaker

Master Classes, Workshops, and Public Speaking

Michael uses life experience, humor, over 30 years of clinical experience to bring the EFT model to life for his audiences. He is known for his ability to offer a uniquely approachable combination of clarity and clinical competence to even the most complex psychotherapeutic topics and trainings.


Addressing Addiction: Fostering Attachment with EFT

March 29 & 30, 2019



Addressing Addiction & Fostering Attachment with EFT

April 4 & 5, 2019



Working with Addictions in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

July 19 & 20, 2019



Addressing Addiction & Fostering attachment in EFT

October 11 & 12, 2019