I grew up in a small town on the East Coast, lived in Montreal for 16 years, and then moved to Toronto in 2009, over a decade ago. Before studying psychology, I studied engineering , philosophy, and law.
I've accumulated a personal library of nearly a thousand books, many of which are psychology of course, but also philosophy, religion, spirituality, science, poetry, and literature. That gives me a lot to work with when it comes to recommending books to clients.
I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool which taught an approach called the Biopsychosocial model of health. Our body, our mind, and our relationships with others, are all connected and interdependent. An understanding of how they influence one another is part of what I will bring to our conversations.
I worked at the Family Responsibility Office for 10 years and often listened to clients share their stories of the stresses of breakups, divorce, not seeing their children, financial hardship, and the toll all of that can take on the lives of those involved. In fact, I completed my Masters Degree in Psychology while still working there. So, if you happen to be looking for a therapist who has some insight into that context, you may have found him.
Male-Friendly Counselling is what I do. And if you're a guy who doesn't really talk to anyone about whatever it is that you probably should talk to someone about, this site, and this office is for you. The whole approach was designed for you - and if you feel that something fits particularly well, or doesn't fit very well at all, please let me know.
So, what is "Male-Friendly" Counselling? It is an approach looks at men as a culture within the culture. It recognizes that not all guys are the same and that what it means to be a man is also not the same for every man. It also recognizes however, that one's sense of self and way of being in the world (i.e. masculinity) are important parts of understanding what's going on and where (and how) to go from there. Male-Friendly also means that you will spend time looking at your strengths and coming up with your own solutions. Generally, guys like to solve problems.
The office is discreet, and some guys do appreciate that as well. It's on the top floor of a convenient downtown office tower in an otherwise "business-looking" suite. The tone will be as informal as possible within the bounds of professionalism and might even include a little humour when appropriate. Use whatever language you like. There's no need to think one way, then sensor yourself before speaking another way. Chances are that I can tell when you're doing that anyway and it would probably be more useful to both of us for you to just go with the flow.
If you're curious, you can follow the links below to know more about some groups I belong to which I find to be good sources of information.
Canadian Positive Psychology Association
American Psychological Association and its Divisions:
Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities (APA Division 51)
Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy (APA Division 49)
Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29)
In preparation for pursuing registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
I hold myself to its Professional Practice Standards and Code of Ethics.
Fore more information, including other professional experience, studies and certifications, check out my LinkedIn profile.