The Relational Developmental Approach
I trained in Family Systems Therapy and Applied Behavioural Science. After having children I studied the relational developmental approach, as articulated by Dr. Gordon Neufeld. This transformed my personal and professional life, making sense of the human experience in a profoundly insightful way. I was fortunate to do a 2 year internship with Dr. Neufeld and then joined the faculty for the Neufeld Institute. With this theoretical foundation, I have integrated many different modalities, including Internal Family Systems and various body-centered approaches, including Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
“Always put the relationship first and be creative with everything else.” Dr. Gordon Neufeld
More about Dr. Neufeld
Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver based developmental psychologist with over 40 years experience working with children, youth and those responsible for them.
A foremost authority on child development, Dr Neufeld is the author of the highly acclaimed best-seller, Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers. Dr. Neufeld is considered to be a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm.
Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators, and helping professionals.
The Neufeld Institute is now a worldwide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather of five.
Dr. Neufeld's approach has won powerful endorsements from such luminaries as Dr. Daniel Segal, Dr. Mary Pipher, Raffi, Dr. Peter Levine, and Robert Bly.