Dr. Johnben Loy

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.


Note from Dr. Loy: Starting in July 2016, I will be focusing on my roles as the Clinical Director of Rekindle as well as the President of the AMFTM. My aim is to reach and train more mental health professionals to practice high quality and ethical systemic therapy. Additionally, I will be spending more time providing training on personal, interpersonal, and leadership effectiveness, as well as engaging in international consultation projects in my capacity as Executive Life Coach and Family Business Advisor.

Given my focus, I will not be taking on new clients directly, but only those referred to me by another clinician. If you are a potential client wishing to see me, please leave a message with our client coordinator and I will call you back to help channel you to another Rekindle clinician who might be able to help you. If the clinician assesses that I am the only suitable therapist to work with you, then I am open to taking you on as a client upon that clinician’s referral. Thank you.



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 specialize in issues related to relationship conflict, couple communication, marital infidelity, stress & anger management, parenting difficulties, performance anxieties, low self-esteem, 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 currently the only AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Malaysia (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: EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples), 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.

I will work collaboratively with you, most often in the format of short-term goal-oriented therapy (8-12 sessions). I begin with an initial intake assessment (1-2 sessions) after which I will give you feedback and recommendations. Should you decide to enter into therapy with me after the intake, I will collaborate with you on setting the goals for therapy, identify the modality of treatment intervention, and evaluate the progress of therapy over a specified number of sessions (e.g. 4-6 sessions). If you do not appear to be improving after some time (e.g. 6-8 sessions), I will re-evaluate the intervention or refer you for further help with other professionals. Most of my clients meet their goals and conclude therapy within 6-8 sessions. Some may return at a later stage when new difficulties arise.

Along with my academic background, I have managed a small business, worked in medium private and large public 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 dissertation focused on generating a theory of Malaysian Chinese family-owned businesses.

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.

Clients who wish to receive therapy services at Rekindle Sdn. Bhd. begin with a clinical intake assessment. New clients wishing to see me must first go through a clinical intake assessment through one of Rekindle’s clinicians. The intake fee to see me is RM850 (100-minute). Note: Clients with less complicated issues may complete an intake assessment session at a discounted rate of RM750 (75-min), but all clients must book a 100-minute intake session. At the end of the intake, I give feedback and recommendations to clients. I have a staggered-discount for on-going cumulative therapy sessions.

My community work includes giving public talks, training and supervising clinical interns at Rekindle Academy, holding a monthly show on BFM 89.9 radio station, providing regular interviews for national news and magazine publications, writing on topics of interest in my blog and Facebook. I also strive to keep active in academic research and I am a member of the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education. In February 2016, I became the Founding President of the new Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Malaysia (AMFTM), a non-profit society which aims to promote the field of MFT in Malaysia. See LinkedIn for my updated vita.


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

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