Johan (Ian) Verseveldt, Ph.D., R.Psych., RMFT

Program Director, MAMFT;
Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (tenured);
Clinical Director, Burnaby Counselling Group
email: versevel@twu.ca



What Drives Ian?

For over 20 years Ian has been passionate to build bridges among couples, families, individuals and across cultures. Working from evidenced based models such as Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, Gottman Methods in Couple Therapy, Narrative and Structural Family Therapy, Ian desires to provide healing and wholeness in relationships.

Ian wants to extend his teaching and consultation to Spanish speaking countries below Canada and to that end has been learning Spanish. Ian believes in the inherent worth of all individuals and works alongside them to experience wholeness in relationships and growth within grace.

Personal Information

Ian has been married for almost 25 years to Ingrid, a classical pianist and music teacher. They together have 5 children, 4 of whom are attending Trinity Western University. Ian loves the outdoors, particularly backpacking in the wild and enjoying God’s creation and observing the amazing ways that The Creator has engineered His creation.

Education:

  • Fuller Theological Seminary. (1993 - Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy) Dissertation Title:" The Relation of Therapy to Marital Adjustment, Satisfaction, and Commitment for Couples Who Participate in a Marital Enrichment Program."
  • Denver Seminary (1991- completion of extensive work in graduate theological studies)
  • Wheaton College; (1990 - M.A. Clinical Psychology)
  • Calvin College B.A. (1983 - Psychology/Sociology)

Credentialling

  • Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.
  • Clinical Member of AAMFT
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist

Experience:

  • Dr. Verseveldt has over 7,000 hours of working with couples, families and individuals.
  • Coming from evidenced based theories such as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) Gottman, Narrative, and Structural, he provides support and encourages growth in individual, couple and family relationships.
  • He teaches in the areas of couple relationships, family function, and the emotional, ethical and skill development of the therapist.
  • He is involved in the development and implementation of ethical and professional counselling programs.
  • Clinical Director at the Burnaby Counselling Group.
  • He has been teaching since 1995 and has been a therapist for over 17 years.

Presentations and Publications:

  • Working with Emotions in Couple’s Therapy 14 hour course taught at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia, May 2011.
  • Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy 14 hour course taught at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia, May 2011.
  • Boundaries in Therapy: Presentation at Burnaby Counselling Group, December 1, 2010.
  • Compassion Fatigue in Ministry: Presentation at St John’s Shaughnessy ministerial team.
  • Christian Counselling Ethics: Presentation in Medellin, Colombia April 30th and May 1, 2010.
  • Compassion Fatigue in Ministry Presentation in Medellin, Colombia May 10th, 2010.
  • Proposal: Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. March 2007; passed by the Ministry of Higher Education of B.C. and commenced in September, 2009.
  • Verseveldt, J.P. (2006). Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy: An Examination Using Browning’s (1987) Model. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25,3.
  • Graduate Programs in Counselling and Psychology Collaboration. March 1, 2006.
  • The Counseling Group Networker: Child Therapy Edition, August, 1994.
  • The Relation of Therapy to Marital Adjustment, Satisfaction, and Commitment for Couples Who Participate in a Marital Enrichment Program. A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Psychology, Division of Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary. December 1993.