email@example.com | 416-305-0613 |
Dupont & Ossington | Toronto | ON |M6G 1Y2
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Mary Catherine Travers
RP, CTP Dipl, M Ed
STATUS: DAYTIME AVAILABILITY ONLY
Traumatic experience occurring in early life, as well as ongoing instances of neglect, loss or unmet need, may significantly affect our sense of self. Negative events act as filters that constrain our development and perceptions. But things can get better. Psychotherapy can help to us to understand ourselves more fully, develop more satisfying relationships, and live the lives we long to lead.
Most of us yearn for deep and meaningful connections with others, our world, and ourselves. We all want to live more fully and be known for who we genuinely are. A psychotherapist can assist in this process by being a “witness” to the client’s core self, without judgement, and respectful of his/her integrity.
My approach to therapy is psychoanalytically oriented. This means that an individual’s present difficulties, issues, patterns of behaviour, and coping mechanisms (such as drugs, alcohol, etc.) are explored in the individual’s unique and historical context. In other words, I consider how a person has been affected by his/her early experiences and has learned to cope with life’s stressors.
My office is located in the front room of my home in an area closed off from the rest of the house by a door. My office has been described as feeling warm and secure—a good “container” for thoughts and emotions expressed.
Sessions generally are 55 minutes in length. The expectation is that a person will attend weekly.
I came to the practice of psychotherapy because of a life-long and abiding interest in better understanding how we tick, why we develop the relationships and attachments we do, and what informs the decisions and choices we make, while looking for purposeful meaning in our lives.
Soon after my twin daughters were born, I entered into psychodynamic psychotherapy, where I spent several years as a client. The birth of my children forced me to reflect on meaningful and significant childhood and teenage experiences, both positive and difficult, as well my own family dynamics and the adult relationship I had developed. Psychotherapy helped me to understand how to forge new and more satisfying relationships as an adult and mother. Along with my now adult children, I have a teenage son and a grandson. I have been married, divorced, and re-partnered.
Professionally, I have worked in Data Management for a Bank. I have switched career paths and was employed with a Shelter for Abused Women and Children and have worked with Victims of Crime through Toronto Metro Police. I have worked in a Mental Health Crisis Centre.
Alongside this work, and for the past 17 years, I have been working as a psychotherapist in private practice.
I can be reached by cell phone at 416-305-0613. You may have to leave a message. I will return your call within 48 hours. Depending on a prospective client’s circumstances, I can provide telephone sessions.
Note that I have worked with several individuals who have psychotherapy sessions provided for them by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and where report writing is expected.
I have also recently become a Mental Health Counselling Provider with the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program and the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP).
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Abuse (physical and psychological; past or present)
- Aging and Age-Related Concerns
- Bi-Polar Disorder
- Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
- Loneliness and Isolation
- Loss and Grief
- Multicultural Issues
- Personality Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Self-Destructive Patterns
- Sexuality and Gender Issues
- Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts
If you would like more information, or would like to schedule an initial consultation in my Toronto office, please contact me at 416-305-0613.