Keisha is an experienced Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor who has recently earned her doctorate in Counselling Psychology (EdD) at the University of Toronto. (Not currently accepting new clients)
Life comes with many stressors and challenges. In these moments it becomes easy to get trapped in negative self-talk cycles, bouts of low mood, high levels of anxiety or stress and an uncertainty of what to do next. As a psychotherapist I aim to work with clients to develop skills and resources to combat the stressors that they are facing in life. I recognize that the client is the expert on their experience and my role in the therapeutic process is to build upon the resilience of the client and walk with them to a place of personal self-growth and self-awareness.
I have worked in the field of mental health for the past 9 years. Within that time, I have worked in community mental health, out-patient mental health, and private practice. My primary focus has been in the area of traumatic stress (specifically in the area of trauma that takes place in interpersonal relationships such as domestic violence, survivors of abuse in childhood, etc.), addictions, depression, anxiety, life stress, and perinatal mental health. I have specific training in the provision of trauma therapy that I have gained through working closely with the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital and completing the trauma training program offered through Dr. van Der Kolk’s Justice Resource Institute. I also have specific training in working with individuals who experience changes in their mental health during pregnancy, postpartum, and infant loss; this includes the re-triggering of early childhood experiences when one becomes a parent. I work from a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive framework.
I identify as an integrative, psychodynamic psychotherapist. This means that I approach work with clients from the standpoint that past experiences (especially those that occur in early life stages) can often have an impact on the way that a person relates to others and themselves in the present day. When starting the therapeutic journey I believe that it is important to develop a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship because this relationship is the foundation for all future work. The relationship is also where you as the client determine if I am a good fit for you. I employ a variety of techniques in therapy sessions. The techniques that I choose are dependent on the issues that you as the client bring into the therapy room. I acknowledge that every person is a unique and complex human being and as a result I welcome you, as you are in order to help you become the person that you want to be.