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Dr. Sheri Keffer received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Master of Arts Theology, both from Fuller Theological Seminary. Through her own personal story of recovery Dr. Sheri understands the trauma symptoms often associated with sexual betrayal and posttraumatic stress. As a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist Supervisor (CPTT-S), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS), Certified Couples Betrayal Recovery Therapist (CCBRT) Certified Clinical Empathy Specialist (CCES-candidate), and a Consultant in EMDR, she brings new tools and a fresh look at what’s needed not only to heal but heal well. She currently specializes in individual, couples and family therapy at her private practice in Newport Beach, CA.

With 23 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Keffer believes in looking at issues from a psychological, biological and spiritual perspective. She commonly uses brain based assessments and treatments such as EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as she works with those dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, stress, and general life transitions.

She’s the author of “Intimate Deception: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Betrayal,” founder of the BraveOne Community and the Bravery After Betrayal: It Takes Fierce Strength intensive.

Sheri’s also a regular co-host of the nationally-syndicated talk show New Life Live which is heard by 2 million listeners, along with New Life TV, where her engaging warmth, keen insight and ability to immediately connect, helps to put callers at ease.

In addition to being a relationship therapist, Dr. Keffer is a long-term member of the National Speakers Association and has presented at national conferences, churches, business, schools, inpatient/outpatient treatment centers and to general audiences speaking on the topics of brain health, ADD, anxiety, depression, and spiritual and relationship intimacy. In addition to her practice in Newport Beach, Dr. Keffer has worked in treating trauma and PTSD at Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and is a co-author, with Dr. Daniel Amen and Mike Moreno, of the DVD Relationship Coaching Course used on the PBS Special: The Brain in Love.

Sheri enjoys the beach, reading, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and big game fishing evidenced by a 150-pound marlin that proudly hangs on her wall. She and her husband, Kyle, reside in Orange County, California.


Education, Additional Training, License and Awards
Ph. D., Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT# 44175)
MS Marriage and Family Therapy
MAT, Masters in Theology
Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California
Recipient of 2019 IITAP Outstanding Publication Award for her book Intimate Deception: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Betrayal
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR Consultant Trained Clinician
Specialty in Neuroscience through Brain SPECT Imaging Amen Clinics – Neuroscience and Influence of Brain Health in Private Practice

Professional Certifications

Certified Partner Trauma Therapist Supervisor (CPTT-S) with IITAP
Consultant Level EMDR Trained Clinician with EMDR International Assoc.
Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) with APSATS
Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) with IITAP
Certified Couples Betrayal Recovery Therapist (CCBRT-candidate)
Certified Clinical Empathy Specialist (CCES-candidate)
Certified Clinical Sex Addiction Specialist (CCSAS)

Professional Memberships and Activities
Certified Partner Trauma Therapist Supervisor for IITAP, 2019-2024
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), 2000-2024
EMDRIA Association, 2007-2024
International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), 2017-2024
The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), 2014-2024
Member of the Promise Keepers Women’s Advisory Board, 2019 -2021
Board Member for the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), 2017-2018
American Association of Christian Counselors Member (AACC), 2015-2024
International Association of Certified Sex Addiction Specialists (IACSAS), 2014-2014
National Speakers Association, 1995-2018
CRM Board Member – Church Resource Ministries, 2013-2015
WATT Women and Addiction Treatment – Co-Chair, 2008-2010
Homeless Relief Project, 2008-2009
Mariners Church, New Orleans Katrina Relief Team, 2006
Mariners Church, Ukraine Missions Trip, 2003, 2004