B.A. (Hons) / CTP Diploma
Despair does not always yield to introspection, reflection, or fretful worry. Our demons, so to speak, must often be spoken into view, preferably in collaboration with an other, someone with an ear for this very specific kindness of listening. Together, we will seek illumination.
CAPT Membership Number: 343
Issues I work with
Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Intergenerational Trauma, Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies, Relationships/Family, Sexuality and Gender
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
People who come to see me, I think, understand something is not quite right in their internal worlds. The presence of these disturbances (for lack of a better word) is communicated to my clients by their unconscious selves in the form of what we have come to call symptoms like anxiety, despair, hopelessness, anger; or more generalised feelings not being quite alive, not being able to relate comfortably with others, feeling like a fraud, or as if somehow trapped in a kind of limbo, waiting for life to truly begin. For many, these feelings start to become unbearable. So we talk. And it seems thats all we do. But while we are talking, the possibility for something truly amazing unfolds, a dialogue of a different sort, a healing kind of exchange that has the potential to envelope us both.
The unconscious, I believe, is unfortunately named. It seems to me this wondrous aspect of our psyches is actually a kind of consciousness of a higher order. It perceives through what we might call intuition, and where our conscious awareness is constrained by the purely physical world of space and time, our unconscious knows no such restraint. As Sigmund Freud saw with such clarity, our unconscious selves can and do communicate with one another, all the time.
So we talk. And even though the "therapeutic relationship" is not exactly symmetrical, the human relatedness at its heart is. In other words, even though Ive been well trained in a broad range of psychoanalytic theory and technique, and even though Ive spent years undergoing my own therapy, and even though the sessions are entirely focused on meeting my clients needs, at its most basic level, we are two people in a quiet room having what one of my clients likes to call, a nice chat. And for many, this nice chat means speaking and being heard in a way theyve never before experienced, which can be deeply transformative.
Office LocationDupont and Howland
400 Dupont Therapy Centre
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1V9