Dr. Johnben Loy

Executive Life Coach & Family Business Advisor
USA-Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Minnesota license no: 2053)
Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor – American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

PhD, Family Social Science (specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy) – University of Minnesota.
MTS (specialization in Counseling) – Tyndale Seminary, Toronto.
MBA – Judge School of Business, University of Cambridge, England.


Announcement: Dr. Johnben Loy now focuses his work on providing Executive Coaching, Organisational Consulting, and Couple & Family Therapy to a specific clientele: C-suite corporate leaders, organisational leaders (e.g. NGO), family business leaders, and professionals holding key leadership roles (e.g. medicine, law, academia). He is open to working with these clients as well as their family-members and organisational leadership teams. He will only take in new clients by referral. If you are a new client wishing to work with Dr. Johnben Loy, please enquire with one of our client coordinators for more information on how you can obtain a referral.


PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT (for Coaching/Therapy Clients)

I have been seeing clients in Canada, United States, Japan, and Malaysia since 2000, in medical, university, corporate, non-profit, and private practice settings. I see my role as one where I help clients move towards relational and emotional well being, where they can function with honest and healthy self-determination.

While I am open to seeing people from all backgrounds, I have specific expertise working with expatriate couples and families, business-owning families, high-level executives, and religious/ministry leaders. I specialise in issues related to leadership development, emotional intelligence, relationship conflict, couple communication, marital infidelity, stress & anger management, performance anxieties, childhood abuse, addictions, trauma, and sexual compulsivity. I also specialize in helping men in their 40s-50s work through challenges related to mid-life transitions.

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Minnesota license #2053) and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (link). I adhere to the ethical standards of the Minnesota Board of MFT as well as the American Association of MFT to ensure that you will receive the best care possible. In addition to my qualifications in marriage and family therapy, I have received accredited training in some of the best research-supported treatments, namely: EFCT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), PREP (Preventative and Relationship Enhancement Program), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In addition, I have received training in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction under Dr. Mark Laaser, expert and author on sex addiction. To keep my clinical knowledge up-to-date, I partake in continuing education as required by my American credentialing bodies.

New clients wishing to see me must conduct an initial intake assessment (75 mins) with one of Rekindle’s clinicians to ascertain suitability of fit to work with me. I will take in a new client upon the referral of the clinician.

Corporate/organisational leaders or members of business-owning families who wish to receive executive life coaching services may contract with me to begin a retainer with specified coaching goals. Coaching retainer agreements are intensive and geared towards enabling sustainable change, beginning with a minimum of 3-months contract period, renewable at the end of the period.

[Note: If you are looking for organisational consulting services from me or Employee Assistance Programmes from our Organisational Wellness Team, please let our client coordinator know, and I will contact you back.]

Along with my varied academic background (music, psychology, business, theology, and family social science), I have managed small businesses, worked in medium private and large public-listed corporations, served in church ministry positions, and lectured in universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels teaching family business management as well as marriage and family therapy. My Ph.D. dissertation focused on generating a theory of Malaysian Chinese family-owned businesses and can be accessed here.

I am of Malaysian Chinese origin and my wife is a caucasian Westerner. We have two bi-cultural children. I am able to converse in intermediate level Mandarin and Hokkien (Penang), and to a lesser extent, basic level Bahasa Malaysia and French.

My community work includes giving public talks, holding a monthly radio show on BFM 89.9, and serving as the Founding President of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Malaysia (AMFTM), a new non-profit association which aims to promote the field of MFT in Malaysia. Starting in September 2017, I am also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Taylor’s University teaching Leadership and Organisational Psychology. See LinkedIn for my updated vita.


English, Mandarin, Penang Hokkien, French (basic), Bahasa Malaysia (basic)

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