David Vervoort M.Sc.

Couple & Family Therapist
Master of Science

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Personal Bio

enhancing lives
enriching relationships
embracing diversity

I am a gay parent, living with my partner and raising my son collaboratively with my son's mother. I have been an active member of the LGBT community for the past 12 years. I am a strong believer in queer community development. I am committed to personal growth evident in my education, training and conferences I attend. I have been a practicing therapist for 7 years, and have worked in the field of addictions and mental health for 15 years.
My professional training was in the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Guelph. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), which is part of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

I view therapy as diverse as the community that I work for. I work with couples and families to help them create greater intimacy and connection with one another; and work with individuals to strengthen their sense of self. I aslo facilitate support groups. My keen focus on marginalized communities has me presenting at conferences in Montreal, Ottawa, and locally on topics such as: Building LGBT Community Supports in Rural Cities; and Creating Accessible Health Care Services For Queer Communities. I offer educational workshops with focuses on addressing homophobia with high school students and offer sensitivity training on the transgender community for Big Brothers -Big Sisters. I am committed to queer community development and I have sat on numerous committees including: Guelph Pride, Guelph’s LGBT Lending Library, Tri-Cities AIDS Quilt Committee, and has co-founded the Waterloo Wellington Gay & Bi fathers peer support group.


Professional Affiliation

  • Associate Member, Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (O.A.M.F.T.)

  • Associate Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (A.A.M.F.T.)

  • Member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GMLA)

Education & Training Attended


2001 Small Business Entrepreneurial Program
1999 Master of Science, Marriage & Family Therapy, University of Guelph, Ont.
  • Thesis: Gay fathers coming out to their children: Reaching for integrity Interviewed 30 gay and bisexual fathers and sampled another 135 gay bisexual fathers
  • Beatrice Craven Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement
1998 Intensive Sex Therapy Training Institute – Dr. Claude Guldner, University of Guelph
1994 Bachelor of Arts, Specialized Honours Psychology & Minor in Family Relations & Human Development. University of Guelph, Ont.
  • Thesis: Evaluating an expressive arts therapy program with sexually abused boys?
  • Dean’s List


Professional Experience


2001-present Private Practitioner – Couple Family & Individual Therapist – specializing in concerns related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and two- spirited (LGBT) communities, Ont.
  • Sole proprietor of a private therapeutic practice (marketing, networking, promotions, publicity, and business management)
  • Providing therapy, advocacy, activism, and education
  • Working within an eclectic framework of Social Constructionist, Anti-Oppressive, Family Systems Theory
1999-2001 Therapist - Community Mental Health Clinic, Guelph.
  • Conducted crisis intervention, emergency psychiatric assessment, short-term
    therapeutic intervention and out-reach with adults and children
  • Worked within the framework of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual
  • Integrated and utilized resources of an inter-disciplinary team
  • Offered inter-agency and local referrals to consumers
  • Delivered LGBT sensitivity training to child and youth mental health agency staff
1994-1996 Psychiatric Assistant - Homewood Health Centre: Psychiatric Hospital, Guelph.
  • Conducted the intake history and assessment of psychiatric clients for an intensive care unit
  • Contributed towards the development of the care plan, crisis intervention, client education, and implementation of overall care
1990-1992 Residential Counsellor - Stonehenge Therapeutic Community: Long-Term Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Guelph.
  • Supervised the transition of residents from drug dependant behaviours and facilitated their integration into living in a therapeutic community
  • Taught life skills, activity therapy, crisis intervention
  • Supported clients back into the larger community

Community Involvement

  • Guelph Pride Committee

  • Strengthening Rainbow Connections E-Newsletter (Editor)- Guelph

  • Out on the Shelf Committee – Queer Community Centre and Library – Guelph

  • Gay & Bisexual Fathers of Waterloo Wellington – Co-facilitator & Chair – Guelph

  • Journey Men’s Conference Planning Committee - Guelph

  • Halton Anti-homophobia Committee – Committee Member - Halton

  • Rainbow Visions Conference Promotions Committee of EGALE Canada

  • Names Project: AIDS Quilt Committee - Kitchener-Waterloo

  • Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington of LGBT & Friends - Chorus Member

Conferences Attended

  • Bisexual & Transsexual/Transgender Inclusivity & Sensitivity Train the Trainer

  • Canadian Queer History – University of Guelph workshop

  • Supporting Our GLBTQ Youth in Safe, Positive Spaces – Brock University

  • Journey Men’s Symposium – Exploring Paths to Masculinity - University of Guelph

  • Two-Spirited People: Bridging Our Spirits. University of Guelph

  • Rainbow Visions Conference: Building a Pan- Canadian Queer Agenda - Montreal

  • Trans Awareness –Training - Mirha Soleil-Ross. Guelph

  • Gay & Lesbian Medical Association Conference. Toronto

  • LGBT Parents and their Teens – LGBT Parenting Network – Seminar. Toronto

  • T.E.A.C.H. Teens Educating & Confronting Homophobia - Planned Parenthood – Training. Toronto

  • Human Sexuality Conference. University of Guelph

  • Enaahtig - Native Therapeutic Healing Lodge - Training

  • Native Workshops - Training. University of Guelph

  • Invitation to Responsibility: Males Who Have Been Abusive to Their Partners – Training – Alan Jenkins. University of Guelph

  • Treating Issues Surrounding Male Sexual abuse – Training – Grant Fair. Guelph

  • Working with Men: Identifying and Treating Sexual Child Abuse – Training - Mike Lew. Toronto

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention – The National Crisis Prevention Institute. Guelph

  • Issues of Social Justice For Therapist – Workshop. Guelph

All ages are welcome!
Providing services for some low-income persons at a reduced fee

Offices now open in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton

toll free: 1-888-821-5163
guelph business line: 519-821-5163
e-mail: DaveVervoort@sympatico.ca
web site: http://www.rainbowtherapist.com