If you are an M.S.W. Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), I offer supervision of your clinical work with couples, families, and individuals from an EFT framework. I meet the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CPRO) requirements as a Clinical Supervisor, so I can assist you in meeting your clinical supervision hours requirements. Please see the ‘About Allan’ page on this website to learn more about me and my professional experience.
If you are looking to become a certified EFT therapist or want to improve your EFT skills and knowledge, I would be pleased to provide you with individual or group supervision. I will support you in your learning and help you achieve your goals in the delivery of EFT to your clients.
My EFT Supervision is based on the same principles as EFT; mutual respect, agreed-upon goals, a relationship which is sensitive, accessible, approachable, responsive, respectful, engaged, transparent and concerned with your experience in the process.
Clinical Supervision hours with me qualify for becoming a Certified EFT Therapist. You need to have completed the EFT Extern Course and either currently be taking or have completed the EFT Core Skills Course. Videos of your work are required for the supervision of 8 hours, to qualify for Certification. See the ICEEFT website for details.
Whether your goal is EFT Certification or not, Supervision will help you deepen your EFT skills and experience.
I am available for Individual Supervision, but I would also like to form a group of 3-6 therapists who would like to meet monthly for 2 to 3 hours and share their work.
EFT Principles in the Supervisor-Therapist Relationship
Knowing the elements in a supervisor-therapist relationship that lead to effective supervision, is as important as knowing which elements in the therapist-client relationship that bring about positive therapy outcomes. Are there common elements? Are there differences? We know from thousands of studies over decades of psychotherapy outcome research that the therapeutic relationship makes a significant and consistent contribution to all types of psychotherapy outcomes. Adapting and tailoring the therapy relationship to client needs and characteristics, improves outcomes and actively monitoring the relationship improves the alliance and reduces negative outcomes. (Norcross 2001, 2002).
A respectful, supportive, open, safe, secure and collaborative Supervisor-therapist relationship is of primary importance. Watching videos of your own therapy sessions and bringing segments to review in supervision are the most direct way to learn how to apply EFT skills. Because we often work closely with intense client emotion in EFT, it is likely that clients will activate emotional reactions in any therapist. Transference and countertransference in the therapeutic alliance with clients along with application of EFT interventions is addressed within supervision to help increase awareness and improve effectiveness.
Diana Fosha describes the crucial role of the therapeutic relationship this way:
‘When the therapeutic relationship activates the potential for more open, less defended relating, it is crucial to explore the patient’s response to the therapist’s involvement. Patients sometimes will have a great deal of difficulty accepting and taking in care, compassion and empathy. Frequently, these interventions stir deeply repressed longings and can lead to an initial increase in anxiety and defenses against those longings. Whether negative or positive, the patient’s experiential-dynamic reactions to what the therapist is expressing then become the focus of the therapeutic work.’ (Fosha, 2000, p.219)
In EFT, Sue Johnson explains that the therapist is a ‘collaborative partner’ who can be with each partner in their cognitive and emotional experience piecing together and processing the experience like a ‘process consultant’. They are also a ‘choreographer’ helping to restructure their relational dance and create of a new relational experience. (Johnson, 2020 p.55)
As an EFT Supervisor, I model as best I can the ideals and principles of an EFT therapist. I ‘teach’ though the examination of experience ‘within and between’. I try to create an atmosphere of safety, security, mutual respect, openness, curiosity, and support within supervision to enable the greatest opportunity for professional growth and development
Qualifications: Certificates and Degrees
Certified EFT Supervisor, ICEFFT September 25, 2017
Certified EFT Therapist, ICEEFT February 29, 2012
EFIT Levels 1 and 2, 2020 and 2021
EFFT Levels 1 and 2, 2020 and 2021
Master of Social Work, The University of Toronto, May 1982 – Family Specialization
Bachelor of Arts (Hons), The University of Western Ontario, May 1978 – Psychology Major
EFT Clinical Training
|2021||EFCT and Trauma – Leanne Campbell|
|2021||EFFT Level 2 – Gail Palmer and Jim Furrow|
|2020||EFIT and Trauma Additional Training – Leanne Campbell|
|2020||EFFT Level 1- Gail Palmer and Jim Furrow|
|2020||EFIT Level 2 – Leanne Campbell|
|2020||EFIT Level 1 – Leanne Campbell|
|2018||EFT Couple Therapy and Trauma – Leanne Campbell and Kathryn Rheem|
|2017||EFT Supervision of Supervision – Marlene Best and Lisa Palmer Olsen|
|2016||EFT Supervisor Course – Marlene Best, Lisa Palmer Olsen and George Faller|
|2016||EFT – AIRM Attachment Injury Resolution Model Lorrie Brubacher|
|2016||EFFT – Gail Palmer|
|2015||EFT Stage Two Change Events – Kathryn Rheem and Marlene Best|
|2015||EFT and Addictions – Michael Barnett and Jim Furrow|
|2014||EFT Extern – Sue Johnson and Gail Palmer – small group facilitator|
|2013||EFT Extern – Gail Palmer – small group facilitator|
|2012||EFT Extern – Gail Palmer – small group facilitator|
|2010-11||EFT Core Skills – Gail Palmer|
|2010||EFT Extern Program – Dr. Sue Johnson|
|2009||Emotionally Focused Therapy – 2 Day Workshop – Dr. Sue Johnson|
|2001||Emotionally Focused Therapy and Trauma – 2 Day Workshop – Sue Johnson|
“Allan has worked hard and diligently to become an EFT Supervisor. Anyone who knows Allan, knows he is sensitive and caring and takes his work as an EFT Therapist and Supervisor very seriously. I have experienced him as open and reflective, and he strives to make a safe learning environment for his supervisees. We are lucky to have Allan in our Toronto EFT community.” Robin Hellendorn, RP, EFT Couples Therapist and Supervisor
“Warm congratulations Allan, from me on behalf of ICEEFT as you are now a Certified EFT Supervisor! I greatly enjoyed reviewing your work and reading your philosophy of supervision. Your role play provided words for your supervisee and you modelled how to intervene really well. I thought you created a great learning environment. You will – I am sure – be much in demand in Toronto.” Allison Lee, Ph.D – EFT Supervisor and Trainer
“You are a very gifted and skilled EFT therapist and supervisor. I learned a lot with our supervision meetings. I often think of you, especially after my couples EFT sessions.” Elaine Paz, MSW (supervisee)
“Your greatest gift to me was helping me hold the value of unpacking the cycle and the support that gives the practitioner. I continue to deepen my appreciation and understanding of the cycle.” Alexa Burns (supervisee)