Marsha Hewitt, PhD, RP. Psychoanalyst. Professor, Religion, Psychology of Religion. Trinity College. Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.
CAPT Membership Number: 143
Issues I work with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Divorce Separation, Fertility/Infertility, Grief/Loss, Intergenerational Trauma, Parenting, Relationships/Family, Sexuality and Gender, Spirituality, Trauma
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
CertificationMember, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (RT# 001211).
TrainingToronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Toronto, in private practice for over twenty years. I trained at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP). I am a faculty member and supervising analyst in the TICP.
When people ask me what "school" of psychoanalysis I subscribe to, my answer is: "what is it that you need?" I do not impose a predetermined theoretical framework on individuals. I do not pathologize human suffering. Rather, my focus is on the whole person: what is troubling the person, what are they looking for and how can I contribute to their having a more enriching life, whatever that may mean for them? Of course my years of training, research and clinical experience all contribute to my own clinical approach. However, I hold my theories lightly in the process of attentive psychotherapeutic listening. Long clinical experience has taught me that individuals know what is troubling them. They know what they need, even if at first it is hard to articulate. My role as a therapist is to help people connect with their inherent authentic potential and grow in self-awareness and understanding. I always tell my patients that psychotherapy is a two-way street--I too learn and grow in my working relationships with each and every human being I have the privilege to know.
I teach psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice at Trinity College and in the psychotherapy programme in the Toronto School of Theology.
I am a Professor at Trinity College and the Department for the Study of Religion in the University of Toronto. I teach religion, ethics, psychoanalysis and critical theory to both undergraduate and graduate students. My interest in psychoanalysis, religion, spirituality, dreams, visions and altered states also informs my clinical practice. My most recent books are Freud on Religion (2014) and Legacies of the Occult: Religion, Psychoanalysis and Unconscious Communication (forthcoming).
My therapeutic work takes an in-depth, psychodynamic approach to a wide array of problematic and troubling issues faced by individuals in their relationships, work, and their efforts to explore their identity, desires, hopes and aspirations for a more satisfying and stable life-experience. Much of my work is with people who are suffering from depression and the soul-crippling effects of trauma and abuse.