Meet Deb

Approach

My work as a counsellor for over 25 years has been supported and informed by many traditions, including:

  • cognitive behavioural therapy: learning how to influence how you feel by changing how you think and act, especially in developing fair and self-supportive ways of thinking and lessening catastrophic and negative points of view
  • acceptance and commitment therapy: becoming more mindful and accepting of your thoughts and emotional reactions, choosing actions based on your core values, taking actions in incremental steps
  • person-centered therapy: more fully knowing and expressing your feelings and experiences within a warm, non-judging, confidential and empathic relationship
  • compassion-focused therapy: becoming more self-aware and mindful, kind towards oneself, and interconnected with others
  • awareness of systemic factors including poverty, sexism, racism, xenophobia and  homophobia
  • an Integral approach with includes values, perceptions, relationships, culture, actions, biology, and systems 

Qualifications

Following my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, I completed extensive written and oral licensing exams to become registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 1995. My registration number is 2804. This college exists for the protection of clients and provides me with clear guidelines for acting ethically, competently and appropriately with those receiving my services (counselling and coaching). As a consumer, you can contact the college via phone (416–961 –8817) or their website (www.cpo.on.ca), should you have any unresolvable concerns about my conduct. My college requires me to participate in a Quality Assurance program, ensuring that I keep up to date.

I completed over 550 hours of specialized training with Integral Coaching Canada in 2005 through to 2008 to become certified as an Integral Master Coach™. This training program exceeds the accreditation requirements of the International Coaching Federation; with its completion and over 1000 hours of coaching experience, I also earned their designation of Professional Certified Coach.

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

— Pema Chödrön

Contact Deb

Want the details about my location, hours, clientele, fees and policies? Want to decide if counselling OR coaching is for you? Wondering about having me develop a workshop for your team?