Danielle Vriend Fluit, Ph.D., RMFT

Sessional Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Danielle is an alumnus of the ACTS Masters in Counselling program. She joined the faculty team of the ACTS Marriage & Family Therapy program in Fall 2020. Before coming to ACTS, she taught and supervised students in the Couples & Family Therapy program at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. She is an RMFT and an Approved Supervisor with CAMFT and has been in clinical practice for 13 years working from an EFT, Satir and trauma-informed perspective. She recharges with good coffee, mountain hikes, the Enneagram and being with her husband and kids.

BA (English Literature & Psychology) - Dordt

MA (Interdisciplinary Studies) - York University

ACTS Seminaries

PhD (Psychotherapy & Spirituality) - University
of Ottawa

Clinical Supervision Course - University of Guelph

EMDR Training

EFT & EFFT Training


  • Therapeutic Hope
  • Couples and Dyadic Research
  • Attachment Theory
  • EFT and EFFT Approaches
  • Faith, Spirituality & Psychotherapy

Research Interests

Therapeutic Hope

Dyadic Research

Common Factors in Therapy

Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Recent Publications


Vriend Fluit, D. & Gall, T. (2020). “The Flow of Hope: Couples’
Perspectives on Building Hope in Therapy.” Canadian Journal of Counselling
and Psychotherapy.

Vriend Fluit, D. (2015). “Satir transformational model of
therapy and the integration of spirituality.” Journal of Counselling and
Spirituality, 34

Vriend Fluit, D. (2013). “Soft eyes: The importance of
minding our clients’ spirituality. Insights into Clinical Counselling,
BCACC, 18(4)


“Bonds for Life: Attachment in Theory and Practice,” Workshop (2019), Toronto, ON, Canadian Hearing Society Counselling Services.

 “Family Therapy and Beyond: Building the Family’s Capacity to Change,” Workshop (2018), Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON

 “Building Therapist Capacity: Hope and Despair, ” Workshop (2017), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Member Seminar, Ottawa, ON

 “Hope & Despair: Two Sides of the Same Coin,” Workshop (2017), Society of Pastoral Counselling Research Conference, Waterloo, ON – May 2017.

 “Holding Therapeutic Hope,” Workshop (2016), Satir Transformational Model International Conference, Vancouver, BC

 “Satir Model of Change and Spirituality,” Workshop (2014), Spirituality & Psychotherapy Conference, Ottawa, ON

Affiliations & Memberships

Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (RP)

Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (RMFT)

Approved Supervisor (CAMFT)

International Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEFT)

MFT 664: Ethics & Professional Issues

MFT 694: Internship