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Getting credentialed is an excellent training process, and I'm continually doing so as part of ongoing professional development; but it doesn't mean much if the therapist hasn't done his or her own personal work.
In fact, if the therapist, psychologist, counsellor, or psychiatrist hasn't done their own personal work, they are hindered in effectiveness, limited in empathy, and possibly even ethically challenged (the liklihood of counter transferance goes way up if a therapist hasn't dealt with their own issues first!).
In contrast, a person who's been down to the dark places of their life, who's mucked around up close and personal with depression, anxiety, panic attack, rage, despair, addiction, sexual abuse, and their siblings makes a far better therapist than the one who's only been a tourist to those swamplands of humanity. I respect a therapist who bears the scars of wounds healed by his or her cohorts and colleagues. I don't want a voyeur as a therapist, I want a blooded veteran. I don't want a scholar, researcher, dilettante or academic for a therapist, I want someone who knows from the gut what the landscape feels like down there in the stink. That is why the better training programs demand that trainees practice on each other! And not just a few times in class; but over a long period to tackle real issues - no role playing allowed!
So when a new client says to me 'how do you know this' I say because I've been there, here's my experience of what you're going thru.
for official training and skills:
I conduct private practice individual adult psychotherapy under the legal authority of the Ontario Psychotherapy Act 2007 as a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (My registration number is 1903 on the crpo.ca website). This regulatory body ensures that only qualified individuals practice the legally restricted act of psychotherapy.
From 1980 until 1994 I owned and operated a software development company specializing in micro computer business applications. I've lost count of the number of programming languages I mastered and the number of operating systems I worked in; however by 1993 I was ready for a major change. Having been a psychotherapy client since 1975, and having a keen intellectual and emotional interest in the therapy process, choosing psychotherapy as a second career was not as big a leap as one might expect. By 1996 I was trained and competent to open a practice. Ongoing advanced training is necessary in this field, and I've loved almost every minute of it since then.
OK, that's enough about me. If you are interested in changing your life in some manner, and you either want a referral to a therapist in your area, or you want to engage with me as your Psychotherapist, go back to the home page and phone or call me.
For those of you interested in the technical side of the therapy business, here's some of the tools/techniques I use to help people make changes: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Redecision Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Nurtured Heart, EFT, Advanced Integrative Therapy, and a toolbox of shamanic healing processes.
Ok, that's a nice list; but it means nothing without you deciding to
change. By finding this website, you took action, in other words you
made a decision towards change. Take another step and contact me and
let's get your life headed in the direction you want!