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Two Toronto Locations:
1. 43 Forsythia Drive | Toronto | ON | M1E 1X9
2. 741 Broadview Ave | Suite 304 | Toronto | ON | M4K 3Y3 (Fridays only)
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
RP, CTP Dipl
STATUS: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
Psychotherapy is conducted in a private, confidential setting where you are free to discuss anything you wish; the beauty of psychotherapy is that there are no forbidden subjects. And equally as important, there is no set agenda or timeframe.
In terms of its invaluable contribution to personal growth, I view the therapeutic process as one of liberation. When one becomes more conscious of negative internal dynamics, one can be “freed” from their control, and can live a healthier, less reactive, and more conscious, pro-active life.
In my approach to practice, the therapy session is a “fifty minute” hour, ideally conducted once a week, if not more. Regularity and continuity are important, to obtain maximum benefit. I encourage bringing dreams into sessions, keeping journals, and drawing and sketching as helpful and integral parts of the process.
There are many people who have experienced this third culture phenomenon, something that is very prevalent but not necessarily widely understood.
I would describe myself as an “Adult Third Culture Kid”, in a limited sense. I lived in the Philippines for two years, from 16 to 18 years old, and upon my return to Canada experienced difficulties that I would never have anticipated: questions of identity; adapting to life back in my own “first” culture; feelings of loneliness and isolation.
As the literature and research on this topic indicates, there are significant advantages as well as challenges to being a TCK or ATCK. Psychotherapy can assist individuals dealing with the feelings of loss or confusion of identity, and the feelings of isolation, despair, and depression that can occur as a result. As someone who experienced this phenomenon as an adolescent, I believe I can be of service to those who need assistance in dealing with the negative consequences of landing in the “third culture”.
I have a diverse educational and career background, and had the good fortune to live in other countries for significant periods of time (Australia and the Philippines). I obtained my diploma from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto in 2008. I also hold a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, (1982) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (1979).
Close to mid-life, I began my training as a psychotherapist, as I believed that this area of study contributed the most to how I wanted to live and to contribute to the broader community. That includes engaging in self-reflection; establishing and enjoying meaningful and healthy relationships; maintaining a strong sense of service; and a life-long commitment to personal growth.
Pet Loss and Bereavement
As someone who has had many pets and animal companions throughout life, and who has a strong commitment to animal welfare, I have an interest in working with those who have lost their precious companions, or who may be dealing with various concerns about their well-being. I provide a totally non-judgmental and empathetic response to anyone who has lost a pet, and needs to grieve the loss in the same way as one grieves the loss of any beloved partner, family member, or friend.
I offer a free half-hour initial consultation, in either of my two office locations in Toronto. This consultation provides an important opportunity for us to meet and decide if we can work together on the therapeutic journey. Please contact me by calling 647-229-4072, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing, please also provide a telephone number so that I can call you for a brief chat before scheduling.
I also offer telephone and Skype sessions; please note, however, that we can do this only after some in-person sessions.
- Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
- Creative Blocks
- Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
- Life Crisis and Transitions
- Loss and Grief
- Mourning and Bereavement
- Obsessive and Compulsive Thoughts and Behaviours
- Relationship Issues
- Separation and Divorce
- Sex and Intimacy Issues
If you would like more information or to schedule the initial consultation, please contact me at 647-229-4072 or email me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.