firstname.lastname@example.org | 416-925-8747 |
1278 St. Clair Ave West | Second Level, Unit 12 | Toronto | ON | M6E1B9
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
RP, CTP Dipl, BA, MSc
STATUS: DAYTIME AVAILABILITY ONLY
Psychotherapy offers a compassionate way of paying attention to emotional pain. All of our suffering begins—and continues to be situated—in our relations with others. Revisiting life’s trials in your relationship with a therapist, you will work together to bring renewed consciousness to the origin of suffering, seeing as well your part in it. As patterns reveal themselves you will gain more freedom to choose, and to move in the direction of what you truly desire.
In that work my job is to listen very carefully for two things: what you truly desire, and (get this) how you make sure you are not going to get it. Over time we learn to listen together, and at last it becomes the most important job in your life—listening to yourself.
I invite you to bring to our sessions whatever is happening at the moment—what’s bothering or exciting or confusing or frustrating or intriguing you. Dreams are a particularly rich source of what’s going on hidden in the mind. Gradually we begin to notice repetitions in your stories and actions. Discovering underlying patterns can be enormously helpful in striving for mastery over impulses and impasses.
A successful therapy requires three things:
• a strong desire for growth and change
• a commitment to the ongoing work
• receptivity to whatever thoughts and feelings may arise
These conditions are especially important in the actual therapy sessions where current feelings, thoughts, fantasies, and actions can be explored in ‘real time’.
Einstein said we can’t solve complex problems with the same kind of thinking that went into creating them. Emotional problems are complex and therapy is not a simple or quick fix. Resistance needs to be respected and issues have to be revisited over and over in order to work through old habits of thought and action. My advice to clients is to plan on meeting weekly over a year or more to obtain optimal benefit and value from this kind of therapy.
In addition to therapy with individuals I also co-conduct a psychotherapy group for men and women open to new members each year in the Fall. Group therapy heightens the relational factor in the psychotherapeutic process and can speed up the course of discovering how unconscious beliefs and feelings get cued in our dealings with others. My partner and I offer a free in-person consultation about the group. Please call or write if you are interested in learning more.
I graduated in 2004 from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. My nine years at CTP followed and latterly overlapped with a diverse career in religious life, health care research, nursing home and hospital management, university lecturing, organizational consulting, and government policy work. Though satisfying in many respects, work life did not always nourish my deeper longings.
Friends and intimates suggested psychotherapy. I have gone through more than one long course of therapy/psychoanalysis—in my opinion the most important preparation for the work of a psychotherapist. The depth and immediacy of these experiences re-connected me with my own longings and passions: marriage, family, clinical theory and work, writing, teaching, volunteer work, and creative projects in the visual arts. It’s gratifying to bring past and present experience to the practice of therapy and into my engagement with clients.
I am registered in the Ontario College of Psychotherapists, a member of the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapists and a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. I have also served as a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and as President of the Psychotherapy Referral Service, Inc. I hold a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts.
My session fee is $100. Initial telephone consultation is welcome and free of charge.
- Aging and Age-Related Concerns
- Body Image
- Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
- Couples & Relationship
- Creative Blocks
- Existential Concerns
- Life Crisis and Transitions
- Loneliness and Isolation
- Loss and Grief
- Obsessive and Compulsive Thoughts and Behaviours
- Parenting and Co-Parenting
- Personality Disorders
- Separation and Divorce
- Sex and Intimacy Issues
I believe that what really matters in psychotherapy is the combination of a compassionate, dedicated, and skilled therapist, and a client committed to change. Psychotherapy is sometimes exhilarating, often demanding, never without cost. But undertaken with the right attitude, it can be one of the most important investments you will ever make. I wish you well in your search. If you would like more information or to schedule an initial appointment, please call me at 416-925-8747 or email email@example.com