Rhonwen Derbez

Registered Psychotherapist
RP, Dipl GIT, Certified Gestalt Therapist
Accepting New Clients
Session Format:
Online Therapy
Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Email Rhonwen
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Existential Concerns
  • Health and Illness
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Life Crisis and Transitions
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Loss and Grief
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
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    What does your suffering feel like?  And where is it coming from?  What is making you act in ways you don’t really understand?  Or keeps you from acting on your heart’s desire?

    Everyone is unique and has their own life experience, their own journey.  For some of us, there have been events that have caused us to become inflexible, disassociated, numbed, or impulsive, because that is how we adapted to survive.  But how do we restore our natural spontaneity?  And how do we regain our confidence?  Our joy?  Our freedom?  What is it YOU are missing?

    In therapy we create the safe space to start exploring these questions with curiosity and compassion.  Within this confidential container we seek to understand your unmet needs, at your pace, and work together to discover what supports you need and how to put them in place.

    My therapeutic approach gives us lots of tools to take with us on our journey of greater self-awareness and growth.  It’s an experimental process where we notice whatever is arising in the present moment; feelings in our bodies, thoughts, images, memories, emotions, etc.  These become the signposts that are showing us the path to your healing.

    As we examine these experiences together and follow where your responses lead, holding them without judgement, we begin to uncover unmet needs, shame, unprocessed traumas, griefs.  And as these are held and processed, we are slowly and gently released from the hold they have over us.

    In creating new forms of self-support, our unique capacity for healing and thriving emerges.

    I’m on my own healing journey, just like you.  I love this work and getting into the dirt and messing around where other folks don’t want to go, and witnessing the transformation that is possible.

    I am often described as warm, welcoming and compassionate.  My non-judgemental and supportive approach helps soothe hurt and shamed parts.  But I’m also smart and tough enough to cut through the fogs and fantasies we’ve created to survive.  It all takes courage.

    I consider therapy to be an act of rebellion against oppressive personal and societal conditioning.  I’m queer and a wife and mother, friend, sister, auntie.  And fabulously imperfect… but I’m learning that those imperfections are what make me funny and approachable. Gestalt therapy helped me learn how to accept myself and taught me that that acceptance was the solution to my suffering.

    Now, I feel privileged to be able to offer support to others on their healing journeys as well, and I have the tools to do it.

    Gestalt is a wonderful approach for couples seeking to build loving communication and intimacy.  As in individual therapy, we experiment and explore by noticing what is happening within and between each other, building a common language, learning how to share unmet needs and find supports.  Becoming aware of our trauma based patterns and entrenched stories and more in touch with unmet needs is key to learning how to express impacts and desires, building trust and making room for dialogue and growth.
    I have a passion for working with those couples who are working towards building a loving foundation for a life-time of being themselves together.  LGBT+ and ENM/Poly couples most welcome.

    Next Steps: Curious and want to find out more?  Then please send me an email to seasonspsychotherapy@gmail.com to set up a no-obligation consultation.*  This is an informal chat (15 minutes) where we can ask all our questions and get a sense of what working together would look and feel like. I look forward to meeting you!

    *Please note: I will do my best to reply within three business days.  My office hours are from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and sessions are virtual (zoom).