Mina McCluskey

(she/her)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
RP Qualifying, CTP Dipl
P. Eng
Availability:
Not Currently Accepting Clients
Session Format:
Online TherapyPhone Sessions
Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Clientele:
Adults
Email Mina
  • Abuse (physical and psychological; past or present)
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
  • Chronic Pain and Disability
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Kinks and Fetishes
  • LGBTQ
  • Life Crisis and Transitions
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Loss and Grief
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts
  • Trauma
  • Contact Information

    Email:
    mccluskeymina@gmail.com
    Phone:
    519-766-2315

    How can psychotherapy help?

    Long-held life patterns reflect a set of blueprints that are often created from our early experiences. It is often the case that we’re navigating our jobs, our relationships, and our inner lives according to these blueprints—but we do so without conscious awareness. Sometimes these blueprints fit the past in which they originated, but haven’t been altered to fit our present-day needs.

    Therapy provides a safe place to explore aspects of these patterns that have begun to feel problematic in our present lives. As we start to understand ourselves better, we discover a greater sense of agency, and open up opportunities for new ways of being in the world—ways that can feel more authentic and less “stuck”.

    It requires courage to be vulnerable and honest in our own presence sometimes, let alone in the presence of someone else. I try to make the therapy space safe for people to access their vulnerability. When trust and safety are successfully built between client and therapist, the process of self-reflection can often be a powerfully validating and fruitful experience.

    I tend to liken the process of psychodynamic psychotherapy to that of an archaeological dig. One gently brushes the soil away to discover something, or a multitude of things, that at first might not appear to be connected or have much meaning. As more depth is achieved, one starts to discover links between these previously unrelated things. The more we explore, the closer we get to the whole picture. The result is a deeper and broader understanding of self, which is an important resource for guiding your living, and your relationship with yourself and others.

    This process takes time. It is important that we work at a pace that is comfortable and safe enough to allow your vulnerable thoughts and feelings to start showing themselves during the session. This is a very courageous endeavour for you, the client. In turn, I will hold a space for you that is compassionate, curious, and non-judgemental.

    I was initially trained as an engineer and worked in the field for 17 years. The most satisfying part of my career was interacting with people—clients, team members, the public. I have always been intensely passionate about what makes people tick, including myself. My own personal journey in therapy helped me turn this passion into a new, rewarding career.

    I know from experience that therapy is not always easy. Because of this, I consider it a true privilege to witness a client’s process of inner discovery and change.

    Are you ready to take the next step? Contact me via email (mccluskeymina@gmail.com) or phone (519-766-2315) to set up a free consultation. This consultation can be done via video or phone. I will be happy to answer any additional questions you have about the process, or about me and my approach in particular, and how I might be able to help you. It will also start to give you a sense of the fit between us (i.e., how comfortable/safe you might feel with me), which is important when choosing a therapist.

    I offer virtual (video or telephone) sessions from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Sessions are 50 minutes long. Clients typically attend sessions on a weekly basis, but this is not absolutely required.

    For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please email me at mccluskeymina@gmail.com or call me at 519-766-2315. I look forward to hearing from you!