Sharon Bedard

Registered Psychotherapist
RP, CTP Dipl
Availability:
Not Currently Accepting Clients
Session Format:
Online TherapyPhone Sessions
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Clientele:
Adults
Email Sharon
  • Abuse
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
  • Chronic Pain and Disability
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Health and Illness
  • LGBTQ
  • Life Crisis and Transitions
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Loss and Grief
  • Masochism
  • Mourning and Bereavement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sadistic Tendencies
  • Self-Destructive Patterns
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sex and Intimacy Issues
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts
  • Trauma
  • Contact Information

    Email:
    sbedard-1@rogers.com

    Insight is an important dimension of self-awareness. Insight requires the interleaving of conscious understanding, emotional expression, and bodily sensation. It might seem unusual to consider psychotherapy, which is typically described as “talk therapy”, as related to and relying on an understanding of embodiment. Conscious and cognitive awareness alone are only part of our self-understanding. Our emotional life is experienced bodily, and bodily experience is a parallel and important aspect of self-reflection. Part of the way I work is to try and slowly draw attention to this important foundation and contribution to self-development.

    We are always influenced by experiences outside of our immediate awareness. Psychotherapy is a conversation uniquely capable of bringing these experiences into awareness. In the process of speaking out loud to another person, both parties must listen attentively to hear those things that are difficult to say. It is important to be open to the possibility of being surprised by what one can say out loud, to become aware of and eventually learn to accept that often these things we come to say are things we have always at some level known in silence and solitude.

    As part of my approach I encourage individuals to pay attention to their dreams and creative efforts. Many people I work with are in the expressive arts. Furthermore, I view sexuality as an important dimension of our creative and expressive life. I am experienced working with individuals dealing with aspects of their gender, sexual orientation, and sexuality.

    The therapeutic dialogue is an exchange in which I as the co-participant respond through an effort to be attentive to what images, words, body sensations, and reveries are stirred in me during our dialogue. In this I try to encourage and free up those aspects of the other to encounter their own inner life in new and expanded ways.

    My love of learning and the pleasure of good conversation also figure centrally in my role as faculty member at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy where I am involved with the training of psychotherapists. My commitment is to the development of psychotherapy as a profession and to the experience of psychotherapy as a unique experience for each individual.

    I have a varied background of study and interests. My history of study includes a BA in English Literature and Physical and Health Education and a Bachelor of Education. I taught in an alternative high school for many years. I have studied in the Humanities and Psychoanalytic Thought at the University of Toronto; which offered an interdisciplinary perspective on the human psyche. I also studied design and photography at The Ontario College of Art and Design. These various areas of my interest and creative life came into focus as I studied and graduated from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy.

    I have been in private practice since 1993 and I currently also facilitate a psychodynamic psychotherapy group.

    You can reach me by email Monday to Friday and I will reply within 24 hours. I offer an initial 30-minute consultation in my Toronto office. This is an opportunity to tell me about yourself and what you hope to experience through psychotherapy. It is also an opportunity for you to get a sense of me and ask questions in order to decide if I am someone you can speak with.

    Sessions are in person although under appropriate circumstances I also offer phone and Skype sessions. These are mutually arranged and agreed upon.

    I can be reached by email.
    My email address is: sbedard-1@rogers.com

    If you would like to know more about how I work or whether or not your own immediate needs can be addressed as part of our therapeutic relationship please contact me to set up an initial consultation at my Toronto office.

    I am more easily reached by email.
    My email address is: sbedard-1@rogers.com.