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 works with a diverse client population around concerns related to personal identity, meaning and purpose, and resilience and self-care. He specializes in working with care-givers — doctors, nurses, medical professionals, clergy, therapists, and others — who are staving-off or experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue, or secondary trauma.

Having worked for many years in a hospital setting — in both medical and mental health hospitals — he 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, 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 a safe place to explore your life
  • Improve awareness of your emotions, beliefs, and experiences; and how they shape you.
  • 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
  • Facilitate you enhancing your insight and self-awareness
  • Facilitate you enhancing your Authenticity, Resilience, and Personal Growth
  • Reframe perspectives that are not helping you
  • 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.

And remember, psychotherapy can be claimed on your income tax return. 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)]