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Joanne Crabtree


344 Dupont Street, Suite #401
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 1V9
(416) 536-7711 (phone)
(416) 532-0188 (fax)

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Though I do not choose to specialize, specialties sometimes choose me. ... In addition to my deeply satisfying work with couples of all kinds (spouses [hetero and homosexual], lovers, parents/children, siblings, friends, colleagues) I now find myself assisting people through various stages of grief and loss. ... Over the years, I've been lucky enough to help many restless souls in distress, including students, working mothers, moms-to-be, and recovering addicts. ... Also, it seems I have a good grasp of the artistic personality, and artists of every sort have found their way to my office. ... I have welcomed them all.

My original training was psychoanalytic, but over time I've been moving more toward straight counselling. Therapy in my office often begins with the creation of strategies for solving present-day problems, and frequently that's enough.

It's only if a deeper approach is needed that we go looking below the surface for the story behind the story, in which case trance therapy can be very helpful. Also (by client request) I sometimes use the trance state to help relieve anxiety and build self-confidence.

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I've been lucky enough to be part of three rewarding professions in my life so far. By nineteen I was on the road singing folk songs in coffee houses and on concert stages in Ontario and Western Canada, and eventually the British Isles. From this experience I gained the belief that everyone has a star to follow - that we are happiest when we can discover our true path in life and take it. My early path led me to several fruitful years of living and working in England, in the folk milieu I loved so dearly.

I returned home to discover that my mother, Lea Hindley-Smith, was teaching people to practice a kind of psychotherapy based, not on the prevailing notion of the day - namely that square pegs needed to be altered to fit into round holes - but firmly on the revolutionary principle that clients should be helped to become the very best example of who they were intrinsically meant to be.

This was a very exciting idea to me and I now returned to my more formal education. By day, I steeped myself in the revelations of Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Robert Lindner and R. D. Laing. Evenings and weekends were given over to relentless hours of one-on-one therapy, group therapy, live-in housegroup therapy, seminars about the practice of therapy. And just as the folk-music milieu had captured my whole imagination in my earliest youth, helping people in emotional distress became my raison d'etre for many years.

But motherhood was to be the greatest challenge, the most demanding learning experience, the most rewarding profession of my life. From it I learned to be deeply sensitive to the hopes and fears of others. Motherhood forced me to develop true empathy.

And whatever I am as a counsellor today, I owe first to that young girl who was willing to take a chance and follow her creativity into uncharted waters, next to the gift of a vibrant fifteen-year education in the art of psychotherapy, and finally to my life partner and my children, for whom I stretched and grew and deepened.

  • Fees

    $120 per fifty-minute session and $180 per eighty-minute session.
  • Training

    Fifteen years of intensive personal psychodynamic psychotherapy, group work and training seminars under the aegis of Therafields Environmental Centre (1970 to 1985)
  • Theoretical Background

    Early on I learned the language of Freud, Reich and Lindner. Today I have my own theories, culled from many years as a counsellor, a performing songwriter and a mother. These highly complementary roles provide me with an excellent life balance, which encourages me to be both focused and compassionate wherever I am. ... at home, on stage and in my therapy office.
  • Approaches and Techniques

    Counselling, Couples Counselling, Dream Work, Family Therapy, Relaxation Therapy, Trance Therapy, and Other
  • Focus

    Abuse in Childhood, Addiction Recovery, Adoption, Ageism, Anxiety, Artistic Creative Expression, Bereavement, Career and Work, Couples Work, Death and Dying, Divorce and Separation, Dream Imagery, Emotional Abuse, Emotional Healing, General, Grief, Loss and Grief, Parenting, Relationships, Self Esteem, Stress, and Other
  • Age Specialty

    Teenagers (14 to 19), Youth (20 - 25), and Adults
  • Religious Specialty

  • Spoken Language

  • Session Format

    Private Sessions and Phone Sessions