A Brief Biography:
Brian Walsh has passion for Storytelling, Spirituality and Therapy, with a background in Psychotherapy, World Religions, and Celtic Studies.
A Storyteller and a Celtic priest actively involved in the Southern Ontario Pagan community and the Campus Chaplains’ Association at the University of Toronto, Brian works in a major mental health facility as a Spiritual Care Provider and as a CASC Supervisor-Educator in Spiritual Care. Adjunct faculty at Emanuel College, UofT, since 2018, Brian has also been a Pagan Chaplain at the University of Toronto since 2002.
As a storyteller, Brian has told Celtic stories at numerous venues, including the Toronto Storytelling Festival; while guest lecturing at the University of Toronto; on stage at Dundas Square; and deep in the woods, around a campfire with friends.
Brian believes in the power of Story. Whether telling or listening, whether the story is anecdotal or traditional, sacred or personal, stories are at the core of how we make meaning, discover who we are, and connect to each other. Brian is especially interest in the role of sacred stories as a vehicle for healing, wisdom, and building deeper relationships with the divine, nature, and our ancestors.
No matter which of his many hats Brian is wearing, Story is at the heart of his practice.
A Less Brief Biography:
Instead of listing my credentials and accomplishments, some of which are already noted under the relevant services, I want to use this space for something more personal. I’m sure some of this sounds like an “I like long walks on the beach…” dating ad, but I have a different agenda in sharing this: since many of my services invite you to reveal a lot about yourself, and ‘fit’ is a primary factor in therapeutic success, I figure I should go first, so you have some idea of who you’re working with.
I grew up in the military and moved around a lot as a child, so “who am I?” and “What suits me here?” were questions I was invited to ask myself quite often. Then, in my twenties, I came to Toronto for school and fell in love with this city and all the diversity it had to offer. Here my interest in other people and other cultures really jumped off the page and into real life.
In Toronto, I worked in banking for sixteen years while doing my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Slowly and steadily, I was doing what the present needed me to do while I prepared a future that did what I needed it to do. World Religions, Celtic Studies, Anthropology, Psychology and Spirituality have always drawn my attention, first personally and later professionally. Roads that I thought would lead to academia, lead me into university chaplaincy, then (with more training) hospital spiritual care, and finally psychotherapy.
As you may have noticed from the tool bar of this site, I like variety in my work but there is also a certain continuity in what holds my interest. These are diverse expressions of the same core themes; and I’m always curious about the core themes of other people and how they find their expression.
When it comes to pop culture, I love to geek out about Fantasy, Science fiction, Horror and Superheroes. I also love dark chocolate, dachshunds, and watching way too much television with my husband.
Sometimes I wonder if I would have missed out on this life-long love affair with meaning-making – with who we are as people and how we story ourselves – if it hadn’t been for my grade six teacher, Mrs. Thornton. So many decades ago, she sat on the front of her desk at the end of each afternoon for what felt like months reading the Hobbit to the class. She taught me the power of the spoken word and the usefulness of reading; Bilbo taught me that me the smallest of beings could still be heroic, and that stories themselves have power.