Welcome to Ottawa Couple and Family Institute

At the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute (OCFI) we adhere to the philosophy that relationships are at the core of human experience. Research indicates that emotionally fulfilling relationships are integral components of mental and physical health, and that emotionally focused interventions have the power to establish and re-create supportive bonds among individuals. We are therefore dedicated to the understanding and enhancement of couple and family relationships through an emphasis on emotions and their interpersonal impact. We believe that all people can maximize their potential given a nurturing social environment, which we endeavor to foster in our work with clients.

We aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. In all facets of our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world – a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully – where people can embrace their most basic universal human attachment needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual/affectional orientation and preferences, gender expression, family structure, age, class, mental health, physical character or disability. These values are inherent in the attachment science and humanistic approach to intervention that all our work is based on.

If you want to learn more about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), you can link to the ICEEFT website by clicking here. This site provides information regarding research and therapist training as well as a database of EFT trained therapists.

Dr Sue Johnson

Our Team

Sue Johnson Ed.D., C.Psych.


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Alison C. Lee Ph.D., C. Psych


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Gail Palmer MSW, RMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

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Meet The Rest Of Our Team

Emotionally Focused Therapy

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).