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Dr. Sue Johnson

Ed.D., C. Psych.

Dr. Sue Johnson is the founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. For over ten years, she was also the Director of the Marital and Family Clinic at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa. Sue is a clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author, popular presenter and speaker and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy. She presents all over the world and writes on attachment and bonding, the science of love, interventions to repair relationships, trauma couples and forgiveness.

Sue is the primary developer of the Emotionally Focused model of couple therapy (EFT) which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of clinical research. She is the author of several seminal books and numerous articles on couple and family therapy as well as the popular book Hold Me Tight (2008). Sue holds professorships at the University of Ottawa and at Alliant University in San Diego, California.

She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy.

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Dr. Sue Johnson

Ed.D., C. Psych.

Dr. Sue Johnson is the founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. For over ten years, she was also the Director of the Marital and Family Clinic at

Berry Aarnoudse, L.A.J.

L.A.J.

Berry is a psychotherapist, certified in client centered, Emotionally Focused and Cognitive Behavioral and Marital and Family Therapy. As a 17 year old, he started his career as a nurse, always interested in both somatic and psychiatric illness. He worked for years as a para medic, in the acute outdoor psychiatric health care unit, meanwhile studying to become a psychotherapist. His familiarity with the basics of life and death, having the knowledge of psychotherapy, the experience as a therapist and his enthusiasm and guts has allowed him to become an EFT Trainer. His special interest is the implementation of the Hold Me Tight® program because it brings EFT to so many people before relationship problems occur. Berry resides in The Netherlands.

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Berry Aarnoudse, L.A.J.

L.A.J.

Berry is a psychotherapist, certified in client centered, Emotionally Focused and Cognitive Behavioral and Marital and Family Therapy. As a 17 year old, he started his career as a nurse, always interested in both somatic and psychiatric illness. He worked

Nancy Tischler Aikin, Ph.D.

Nancy is a co-founder of Aikin Associates Seminars, and as such has been a trainer / practitioner for the last 35 years. Along with her husband Paul, she is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. Being an educator and community developer as well as a clinician has been her focus throughout her career. She is practicing clinical psychologist in private practice seeing families, couples and individuals. She provides EFT supervision to individuals and co-leads on=going EFT consultation groups with her husband Paul. She has also been consultant to the Davis Unified Schools and is currently hired by Sutter Medical Foundation as an outside expert to facilitate the hospitals’ physician wellness program.

Nancy earned her PhD in clinical psychology for the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis in 1980 with a specialty in child treatment and worked with adolescents fro many years as the clinical director of the teen services for Planned Parenthood of Sacramento. She is a certified EFT Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist. Her most recent project in collaboration with sue Johnson, Gail Palmer, Jim Furrow and Paul Aikin is to expand the HMT program for couples to families.

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Nancy Tischler Aikin, Ph.D.

Nancy is a co-founder of Aikin Associates Seminars, and as such has been a trainer / practitioner for the last 35 years. Along with her husband Paul, she is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. Being an