Your Facilitators

Gail Palmer

Gail is one of the Founding Members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Co-Director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is an experienced supervisor and trainer in EFT.

She currently offers workshops, externships and core skills trainings to mental health professionals in a variety of different settings across the world. Gail has a particular interest in applying the model in work with families and has published numerous articles and chapters on EFT and EFFT. Gail is an adjunct faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and a sessional lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

Mary-Joan Brinson

Mary Joan Brinsonís journey to becoming a therapist started with receiving her Masters of Social Work. After working in a variety of community agencies, in various helping capacities, she finally began to feel her true calling which was to help people in a more powerful and intimate way through individual and couple therapy.

She was drawn to connect with people as a means of helping them heal and experience growth in their lives and relationships. Mary Joan has been providing individual and couple therapy in private practice for over 20 years. Most recently, she has been enhancing her knowledge and skill in working with couples by becoming a Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist and she is currently a Supervisor-In-Training with the EFT model of therapy.

Mary Joan has also received Advanced Clinical Training in the Treatment of Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood Disorders. She is passionate about working with couples as they face the transitions of becoming parents or with expanding their families.

You can learn more about Mary Joan here

Dr. Andrew Moss

Dr. Andrew Moss trained as a Clinical Psychologist in the U.K. attaining his Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology (B.A. Honours) in 1995 at the University of Keele, U.K. and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) in 2001, at the University of Wales, Bangor, U.K. He is trained in the specialities of children and adolescents, adults, seniors, couples, developmental disabilities and health psychology.

Post qualification, Dr. Moss worked in the U.K.'s National Health Service for 8 years, developing his practice around adults with mental health difficulties and individuals with intellectual disabilities. He emigrated to Canada in 2010 and having become a licensed practitioner with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, subsequently set up a private practice in Belleville, Ontario.

He undertook further post-doctoral training and supervision in Cognitive Analytic Therapy while in the U.K. and in Emotionally Focused Therapy since moving to Canada. Dr. Moss draws from a range of therapeutic modalities, including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and the psychodynamic therapies. Dr. Moss is authorized to work with all age groups and has a special interest in adult trauma, and complex clinical presentations.

You can learn more about Dr. Moss here

April Boyd

April Boyd MSW RSW partners with individuals & couples to create meaningful, sustainable changes in the quality of their relationships and overall sense of happiness, satisfaction and wellbeing.

Her approach builds upon individual differences and preferences while providing practical tools for measurable improvement. She began her formal training at the University of Waterloo before completing her Masters of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University.

Since then April has deepened her practice through further study of various modalities including narrative therapy, EMDR, trauma informed practices and Emotionally Focused Therapy. April sees clients in her private practice in Belleville Ontario and virtually across the globe.

When she is not doing the work she loves to do, you might find her on the side of a mountain, on the top of a paddleboard or volunteering additional support to military families and bereaved parents.

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