Program Director, MA in Marriage & Family Therapy, Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy (tenured)
Fosmark Centre
+1 (604) 888-7511 ext. 3136


For over 20 years Ian has been passionate to build bridges among couples, families, individuals and across cultures. Working from evidenced based models such as Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, Gottman Methods in Couple Therapy, Narrative and Structural Family Therapy, Ian desires to provide healing and wholeness in relationships.

Ian has extended his teaching and consultation to Spanish speaking countries in South America and has been learning Spanish. Ian believes in the inherent worth of all individuals and works alongside them to experience wholeness in relationships and growth within grace.

Ian has been married for more than 25 years to Ingrid, a classical pianist and music teacher and they together have 5 children. He loves the outdoors, particularly backpacking in the wild and enjoying God’s creation and observing the amazing ways that The Creator has engineered His creation.

Research & Scholarship


Fuller Theological Seminary (1993): Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy; Denver Seminary (1991): completion of extensive work in graduate theological studies; Wheaton College (1990): M.A. in Clinical Psychology; Calvin College (1983): B.A. in Psychology/Sociology

Awards & Honors

Dissertation Grant: Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation

Recent Publications


  • Working with Emotions in Couple’s Therapy  14 hour course taught at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana  in Medellin, Colombia, May 2011.
  • Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy 14 hour course taught at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana  in Medellin, Colombia, May 2011.
  • Boundaries in Therapy: Presentation at Burnaby Counselling Group, December 1, 2010
  • Compassion Fatigue in Ministry: Presentation at St John’s Shaughnessy ministerial team. 
  • Christian Counselling Ethics: Presentation in Medellin, Colombia April 30th and May 1, 2010
  • Compassion Fatigue in Ministry Presentation in Medellin, Colombia May 10th, 2010
  • Proposal: Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.  March 2007; passed by the Ministry of Higher Education of B.C. and commenced in September, 2009.
  • Verseveldt, J.P. (2006). Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy: An Examination Using Browning’s (1987) Model.  Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25,3.
  • Graduate Programs in Counselling and Psychology Collaboration.  March 1, 2006
  • The Counseling Group Networker: Child Therapy Edition, August, 1994
  • The Relation of Therapy to Marital Adjustment, Satisfaction, and Commitment for Couples Who Participate in a Marital Enrichment Program. A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Psychology, Division of Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary.  December 1993
  • FT500 Moral Foundations of Professional Life.  Teacher's Assistant,  Fuller Theological Seminary, Fall 1992

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.
  • Clinical Member of AAMFT
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist

Courses Taught

Ethics and Professional Issues; Marriage & Family Therapy; Advanced Skills in Marriage & Family Therapy; Child and Adolescent Therapy; Cross-Cultural Counselling; Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy; Internship Supervision