Psychotherapy

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Brian Walsh works in downtown Toronto. He is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and is a Spiritual Care Specialist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care.

Brian’s practice has two primary foci:
His first focus is providing supportive and insight-oriented care for care-givers — especially doctors, nurses, medical professionals, clergy, therapists, and others who want to cultivate more awareness around their work, or who are staving-off or experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue, or secondary trauma.
Brian’s second focus is providing clinical supervision for other psychotherapists.

Having worked for many years in a hospital setting — in both medical and mental health hospitals — Brian has a lot of direct experience with clients and staff who have (or are caring for someone with) a chronic or life-threatening illness; clients with a trauma history; and clients experiencing grief, bereavement, or loss, as well as people experiencing existential or spiritual concerns.

Brian’s practice creates a safe and reflective environment where you can focus on concerns related to identity, meaning, purpose, vocation, experience, emotions, values, resilience, beliefs and behaviours, as well as the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell each other.

Brian has a holistic person-centered approach informed by his CASC training, focusing on a person’s experiences, emotions and beliefs. He has an integrative approach and draws on elements of Humanistic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, the therapeutic use of Story, and Trauma-informed Care to varying degrees depending on the unique needs of the client. It may include some elements of reflective practice, coaching, and psychosocial education, but it is grounded in a common factors approach over any particular modality of therapy.

As a therapist Brian seeks to:

  • Provide supportive and insight-oriented care for caregivers.
  • Provide clinical supervision for psychotherapists and psychotherapy students.
  • Facilitate you enhancing your insight and self-awareness.
  • Improve awareness of your emotions, beliefs, and experiences; and how they shape you.
  • Facilitate you enhancing your Authenticity, Resilience, and Personal Growth.
  • Explore how your history and your perception of your story impacts your life today.
  • Facilitate you changing unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior.
  • Clarify your values and your vision for work and/or life.
  • Re-frame perspectives that are not helping you.
  • Unpack the impact of your emotional labour, personally and professionally.
  • Explore concerns of burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma.
  • Explore the role of Reflective Practice and Self-Care, to enhance personal and professional satisfaction.
  • Facilitate you using your story, and story generally, to better effect in work and/or life.

Registered Psychotherapists are not currently covered by OHIP or EAP, but an increasing number of insurance companies are providing some level of coverage.  Check with your benefits provider for coverage specific to ‘Registered Psychotherapists’ who are members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. When doing so it may be useful to provide the CRPO website and the public directory of CRPO members as a resource to inform your benefits provider.
And remember, psychotherapy can be claimed as a medical expense on your income tax return if it has not been otherwise covered. For more information, click here. 

If you are in immediate crisis, please visit your hospital’s Emergency department or call 911.  Other crisis resources for Toronto can be found here.

[Follow-up articles: Common Factors and the Integrative Approach; Spirituality and Psychotherapy (forthcoming); Psychotherapy and Your Story (forthcoming); Psychotherapy and Our Story (forthcoming)]