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Douglas Tilley, LCSW-C  

Doug Tilley has 30 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Annapolis, MD. He was the founder and director of the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT. He is recognized by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) as an EFT Trainer and EFT Supervisor.  He is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical and is designated as a Clinical Member and an Approved Supervisor by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Doug was trained by Sue Johnson, has practiced EFT for 15 years and along with Sue and five other EFT Traiiners, created the workbook used in this program entitled, Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook


Gail Palmer, MSW

Gail is one of the Founding Members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute, has her Masters in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Over the past 20 years, Gail has worked closely with Sue Johnson, co-creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy both at the Ottawa Hospital and in private practice.  She has become an experienced trainer in EFT; currently offering core skills training to a number of therapists across Canada and the US.  Gail’s particular interest is in EFT with families and she delivered the plenary address at the 2006 EFT Summit on families.

Gail wrote the chapter entitled "Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)" in Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook, by Johnson, Tilley, Palmer, Bradley, Furrow, Lee, and Woolley.  She also is coauthoring a chapter on EFFT with Don Efron in Innovations in Clinical Practice (in press) and wrote Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist (2002) with Sue Johnson for the Journal of Couple and Family Relationships.

She is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is a family therapy professor at the School of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa.


Elisabeth Brown, PsyD

Elisabeth, a licensed psychologist in private practice in Chester, NJ for 25 years, works with individuals, couples and families. She is a certified EFT therapist and supervisor who has previous training in Humanistic psychology, Gestalt therapy and Psychodynamic therapy. Elisabeth began a grassroots supervision group in EFT in Northern NJ, where she works with couples and provides individual and group supervision. Her publications include “Infertility: Trauma and Treatment,” and “Family Therapy with Closed Head Injured Patients: Using Kubler-Ross’s Model. ”