The Neufeld Institute was created as a vehicle to further the attachment-based developmental paradigm that was synthesized and constructed by Dr. Gordon Neufeld out of the findings of developmental science. The Institute was created initially in response to a growing number of educators and helping professionals who wanted in-depth training in this approach.  The Institute has grown rapidly in response to demands for parent education, professional development and continuing education. An internship program was set up to enable personal study with Dr. Neufeld and to develop leadership to train individuals who were interested in teaching or practicing this paradigm. The graduates of this internship program have become today’s Neufeld Institute Faculty.

Deborah is a consultant to this project, and provides counselling and educational services to parents and professionals based on the relational-developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and presents on all of the Neufeld material. Deborah is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor with over 20 years experience in educational and mental health settings. She loves to take developmental science and make it applicable to everyday life in the home and classroom.

The underlying purpose of all services is to put adults in the driver’s seat by making sense of kids from the inside out. From everyday questions to complex problems, strategies for making headway with a child or teen is grounded in a rich developmental framework.  When Deborah isn’t counselling, presenting or teaching she can be found writing.



Our mission is to give parents a different perspective on parenting that strengthens the relationship and fosters emotional connection. We offer group workshops and family counselling services rooted in early childhood development and the attachment based model of understanding our children from the inside out.