Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Fosmark Centre
+1 (604) 888-7511 ext. 3136

Department(s) or Program(s)


Ian teaches in the areas of couple relationships, family function, and the emotional, ethical and skill development of the therapist. He is also presently working at the Burnaby Counselling Group as Clinical Director, supervising staff as well as working with couples and families from an Emotionally Focused Perspective. Ian has been working with individuals, couples and families since 1984. 

Ian is a Registered Psychologist (#01292) and CAMFT Approved Supervisor and Mentor (#2017499), supervising students and clinicians in Canada and abroad. He is a regular invited speaker and supervisor in Latin America where he teaches Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ethical Issues in Professional Practice, and The Self of the Therapist among other topics.

Ian has been married over 30 years and has 5 grown children. He likes to spend time in the wilderness; hiking and kayaking.

Research & Scholarship

research interests

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Gottman Methods in Couple Therapy
Narrative and Structural Family Therapy
Cross-Cultural Counselling


BS (Psychology/Sociology) - Calvin College 

MA (Clinical Psychology) - Wheaton College 

PhD (Marriage and Family Therapy) - Fuller Theological Seminary 

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

Private Practice: Verseveldt Relationship Therapy and Supervision
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