In 1998, Sue Johnson and a few of her EFT colleagues decided to open the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute with the goal of having like minded therapists provide service in the Ottawa community as well as to create a home for EFT research and training.
Over the next several years, more therapists were brought into the Institute, various research studies were undertaken and EFT educational courses increased. A structure was developed to specify requirements for registering EFT therapists, supervisors and trainers. A Listserv was initiated to provide a forum to connect and share ideas and questions for people who had taken an EFT Externship and wanted to stay in touch with this new EFT Community. A Directory of therapists, supervisors and trainers was also created and Sue developed several EFT training DVD’s.
With continuing growth of all aspects of the Institute, the decision was made in 2004 to split the organization. The Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc. was incorporated as the company providing services in the community whereas research, educational courses and EFT training would be the focus of the newly created International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (a not-for-profit corporation).
OCFI also became the local Ottawa EFT Centre since several therapists at the Institute are also EFT Trainers and EFT Supervisors and OCFI continues to be involved in EFT training and research. In the interest of efficiency and cost effectiveness, OCFI was also contracted to provide administrative services for ICEEFT since both organizations share the same office space. The members of the ICEEFT Board were - and are - Sue Johnson, Alison Lee, Gail Palmer and John Douglas, the original founders of OCFI.