THE DEVELOPMENT OF EFT QUEBEC: THE MEETING OF FIVE PASSIONATE PEOPLE FOR EFT
As in any good relationship foundation, our story begins with a reach. A risk that one of us took to contact the others and expose her crazy plan, after a supervisor and mentor in common had the flair to direct and guide our journeys so that our paths would cross. Over the next few months, we reflected on our goals, interests, values, mission and business structure.
From this exercise came not only the birth of a bilingual community affiliated with the ICEEFT in Quebec, but most importantly, the bonds of friendship that we aspire to pass on through the creation of a space that we hope is safe and conducive to professional connection.
The desire to recognize the richness of our diverse backgrounds and experiences played a key role in determining the name we wanted to use. The name EFT Quebec represents the essence of what bilingualism means to us, as well as the francophonie through its different communities. For us, speaking of "EFT" brought together the different parts of our bilingual socio-cultural identity: we spoke the same language despite the linguistic challenges inherent in our experiences as a linguistic minority, an immigrant, an out-of-province francophone, or an anglophone in the province of Quebec.
Fannie Carrier Émond
Fannie Carrier Emond is a psychologist and co-founder of the EFT Quebec community. She holds a PhD in Clinical psychology from the University of Montreal and has received several awards and grants for excellence in research. She is co-director of the Phora Clinic where she works primarily with couples and adults suffering from relational distress, anxiety and sexual problems. She has completed all of the requirements for the EFT certification and is actively working towards that achievement.
Veronique holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She is a co-founder of the EFT Quebec community and an ICEEFT certified EFT therapist and supervisor-in-training. She supervises doctoral trainees at l’Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa. Through an attachment-based therapeutic approach, her private practice offers bilingual services to adults and couples facing a wide range of mental and physical health challenges, perinatal and postpartum issues, as well as relationship difficulties, while also striving to embody the principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity in her relationships.
As a graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke, Caroline Gasparetto specializes in romantic issues, mainly in the areas of marital commitment, love attachment and jealousy. She is co-owner of the Clinique de Psychologie St-Lambert and a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke, where she supervises doctoral students. She is accredited by the ICEEFT as a supervisor and EFT therapist and co-founder of the EFT Quebec community. Passionate about EFT, she offers individual and couple therapy, individual supervision as well as study and supervision groups.
Jessica Kokin, P.hD is a psychologist, an ICEEFT certified EFT therapist and supervisor, and a co-founder of the EFT Quebec community. She was originally trained in EFT by Drs. Sue Johnson and Marlene Best at the University of Ottawa as part of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. She currently works in private practice conducting both individual and couple therapy and providing supervision/consultation in EFT.
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Nancy Smith holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and she is a co-founder of the EFT Quebec Community. She is also the co-owner of EspacePsy Rive-Sud, a private clinic in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville where she practices in both French and English using a humanistic-experiential and systemic approach based on attachment. She has several years of experience as a clinician and she offers services to couples and individuals facing mental health challenges such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, adaptation disorder, relationship difficulties as well as issues related to mourning and parenting. She is an advanced trainee in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples presently working actively towards Certification.