Dr. David R. Fairweather
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST #1312
Certified EFT Supervisor & Trainer
Co-Director - VICEFT
David received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1996. His passion for emotion in psychotherapy dates back to his doctoral years during which he published widely in the area of psychotherapy process research, with a particular focus on how exemplary, distinguished therapists promote and use strong feeling expression in psychotherapy sessions. His doctoral thesis was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, as well as a National Distinguished Dissertation Award. From 1996 until 2006, David worked as a psychologist and supervising psychologist within the federal correctional system. He also has taught child development at the university level, and has co-authored and presented various publications in the areas of psychotherapy research, social skills, and violence/risk assessment. Over his years of clinical assessment practice, David has also been qualified as an expert witness in a variety of areas including clinical psychology, forensic psychology, psychological assessment, and risk assessment.
Trained by Dr. Sue Johnson, co-originator of EFT, in the early through mid-90s David has maintained a dedicated interest in EFT therapy over the past 18 years in his private practice as well as other therapeutic settings. During his past 12 years in private practice in Nanaimo, David has specialized in providing EFT to couples, and more recently has also served extensively as an EFT trainer and supervisor of other mental health professionals. Known for his empathic style and therapeutic use of laughter and humour, David helps couples move away from the rigid negative patterns that keep them stuck, and toward a place of more authentic emotional contact, thus opening up the space for partners to find new possibilities and awareness, and to create satisfying and fulfilling ways-of-being together.
Dr. T. Leanne Campbell
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST #1320
Certified EFT Supervisor & Trainer
Co-Director - VICEFT
Leanne Campbell is co-founder and director of the Vancouver Island Centre for EFT, and Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group in Nanaimo, B.C. From 1994-2004, Leanne worked as a Professor of Psychology at Vancouver Island University, and remains an affiliate with that institution. She was trained by Dr. Sue Johnson in the early 1990s, and was involved as a therapist in the early EFT studies aimed at establishing what is now the well-known efficacy of EFT. In her more than 20 years of practicing EFT, Leanne has been well-regarded for her ability to quickly develop strong therapeutic alliances with clients, and to use that secure base to explore, discover, and share their deeper emotional experiences in ways that shift them from distressing cycles of interaction to new levels of closeness and understanding. In addition to focusing on EFT therapy within her own clinical practice, Leanne offers training and clinical supervision in EFT to mental health professionals both locally and abroad, and has been involved in the development of a variety of training materials, including DVDs. In addition to training on Vancouver Island and other parts of Western Canada, Leanne has collaborated with a number of EFT trainers in Canada and the United States, most recently conducting training at the Ackerman Institute in New York City in October 2013, in Calgary, Alberta in November 2013, and in Slovenia, Europe in March 2014.
Dr. Sue Johnson
Registered Psychologist #2443
Founding Director - ICEEFT
Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue was appointed in 2017 as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.
As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson created for the general public, a self-help version of her ground-breaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has been adapted and developed into a relationship education and enhancement program. This Hold Me Tight® program has been translated into numerous languages and also adapted for specific groups such as for couples facing heart disease, for families with teens, and for Christian couples, and is also offered in an online format.
Her book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.
Sue’s newest book, Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families, shows the promise of attachment science in terms of making sense of and repairing our most precious relationships and thriving as strong resilient individuals. Attachment science offers us the most potent model for therapeutic change, especially when dealing with anxiety and depression, and that, of all models of intervention, EFT most closely captures the essence of the attachment perspective. It targets the defining feature of survival-oriented human connection, namely strong emotion, and systematically shapes core bonding interactions with others.
Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).
Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 65 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT.
Dr. Patrick Poyner-Del Vento
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST #2203
Patrick is a certified EFT couples therapist. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2013. His area of study was in couples and family psychology. His dissertation, which involved reviewing video recordings of couples discussing stressful issues, examined how couples ask for, and provide, social support for one another. During his predoctoral and postdoctoral residencies within the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of the United States, he attained additional training in couples therapy. He also developed and piloted a short-term group therapy for caregivers of spouses with terminal medical issues; the group was grounded in principles of attachment theory and EFT. He later completed specialized training in EFT from 2015-2018, including an externship, core skills training, and advanced supervision with Drs. Campbell and Fairweather.
Patrick brings his wealth of experience in research and clinical practice to couples in distress. He offers EFT for issues common in couples, including communication problems, infidelity, and a lack of intimacy. He is skilled at helping couples identify their negative cycles of communication and diffuse situations that lead to conflict. He works with couples to establish feelings of security and safety in the relationship, with the ultimate goals of expressing empathy for one another and building new connections together.
Dr. Georgina Maltby
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST #2206
Georgina Maltby discovered EFT during her graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research considered the associations between adult attachment styles and disordered eating, which reflected her curiosity about how secure attachments may provide protection from distress and unhealthy behaviors such as disordered eating. Her interest in EFT continued in both her teaching at Chico State University, California, and her clinical practice. She began her training in EFT in 2004, and recently completed the advanced EFT training in Vancouver, British Columbia. Georgina gravitates towards the deeper emotions that are present for couples that reflect the desire for connection and is skilled at bringing these to life in session. In addition to her work with couples, Georgina brings an EFT perspective to her clinical practice with parent-child and familial relationships.
Faith Leather, M.A.
REGISTERED Clinical Counsellor
Faith Leather was trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as a graduate student under the supervision of the co-originator of the approach. She is known for her insightful, down-to-earth style and for her commitment toward helping both individuals of a couple feel happier and more connected with each other. As a lifetime member of the International Centre for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT), Faith regularly attends workshops, seminars, and conferences in EFT for couples, both to continue to further develop her own skills to better help her clients and to share experiences with other practitioners that are learning and teaching the EFT for couples model.
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