Michael Bernard

(he/him)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
RN, RP Qualifying, CTP Dipl
BA (Psychology), BScN
Availability:
Not Currently Accepting Clients
Session Format:
Online TherapyPhone Sessions
Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Clientele:
Adults
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  • Abuse (physical and psychological; past or present)
  • Addiction
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Health and Illness
  • LGBTQ
  • Loss and Grief
  • Obsessive and Compulsive Thoughts and Behaviours
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sex and Intimacy Issues
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts
  • Trauma
  • Client-Centred
  • Eclectic
  • Humanistic
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Relational
  • Contact Information

    Email:
    michaelgbernard7@gmail.com
    Website:
    michaelgbernard.com

    Psychotherapy allows us to look at ourselves, others, and life in general in a new way.  We can consider how our experience has shaped us and explore the patterns of thinking and behaving that no longer serve us. 

    In psychodynamic or depth therapy, we’re able to discover how unconscious thoughts and feelings interfere with our living a life that is satisfying and fulfilling.  Unconscious influences can keep us trapped in self-limiting behaviours, such as addictions and unhealthy relationships.  Bringing the unconscious into awareness allows healing to begin and helps us to feel whole.

    Therapy with me is interactive and collaborative.  I provide a safe space in which to explore what’s important to you, and no topic is taboo or off-limits.  You are free to discuss your greatest hopes and fears.  You can expect calm, compassion, empathy, and nonjudgment.  I meet with clients once or twice a week for a full 60-minute hour. 

    I decided to become a psychodynamic therapist as a result of my own transformative experience in this kind of therapy.  I went to therapy because I was suffering, stuck, and generally lost.  Over time, I found a new sense of peace and freedom, along with the feeling of being more at home in myself and in the world.

    I graduated from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, whose 6-year master’s-level program includes theoretical study along with extensive group and individual therapy.

    I’ve had a wide variety of work experience, mostly in the helping professions.  As a registered nurse, I worked in community-based treatment programs for people living with psychosis and in the emergency department of a mental health hospital.

    I live in Toronto from May through September, and the rest of the year I live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  From Mexico, I’m able to easily meet with clients by video or phone call.

    Please feel free to contact me at michaelgbernard7@gmail.com.  We can set up a 30-minute initial video consultation at no charge.  This meeting will allow you to determine if we’re a good fit and to ask any questions that you may have.

    If you would like more information or to schedule an initial consultation, please contact me at michaelgbernard7@gmail.com.  I usually am able to reply within 24 hours.