Therapy Office
Catherine Phinney
Counselling & Psychotherapy
Providing caring and compassionate therapy that is tailored to each client and informed by
evidence-based therapeutic models. Available remotely and in-person.

Why therapy can help


One reason we seek therapy is to gain insight into ourselves with the support of a non-judgmental, caring guide; another is to get help to change ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are no longer helpful to us. These patterns may have developed as a strategy to survive or cope with painful - often overwhelming - circumstances and may be so deeply rooted that we are not even aware that we continue to rely on them.

 

One of the consequences of prolonged stress is reliving it both in the mind and body. Anxiety, depression, major life changes and traumatic experiences can all leave us feeling fragmented and disconnected. Intense reactions can be confusing and distressing. We may overreact to things that would not normally bother us - or detach completely. Making sense of our experiences, gaining self-understanding, and finding meaning helps us heal, become resilient, and move forward.

My approach


I am committed to helping my clients heal and find meaning in their experiences.

 

My approach is tailored to each client's needs and informed by a variety of therapeutic models, including psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), existentialism & meaning-based approaches, exposure therapy, insight therapy, somatic psychotherapy, positive psychology, the impact of trauma on the nervous system, Internal Family Systems, and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Therapy (TIST). I have additional, specialized training in complex trauma, attachment, structural dissociation, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences.

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My Practice

About My Practice

I have experience in the following areas as a therapist:
 

  • Abandonment and neglect

  • Adjustment disorders

  • Aging and geriatric issues

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment and family of origin

  • Compassion fatigue

  • Dissociation

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

  • Family conflict, reconnection & reunification

  • Grief and bereavement

  • Impostor syndrome

  • Intimate partner violence

  • Mood disorders (bipolar disorder, depression)

  • Narcissism

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Panic disorder

  • Perfectionism

  • Personality disorders

  • Phobias

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Relationship problems

  • Self-esteem

  • Self-harm

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Sexual abuse and exploitation

  • Sexual health

  • Stress management

  • Trauma (complex trauma, critical incidents, vicarious trauma)

  • Workplace issues (bullying & harassment, burnout, workplace-induced trauma)

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I believe that we do not need to have travelled the same path in order to walk together. I have experience counselling individuals from diverse cultures, races, genders, faiths, and sexual orientations. While recognizing our differences, I bring knowledge and experience from the field to the healing journey, and work to see the world as you see it.

Services

I provide individual therapy to adults and older adolescents toward improving insight and coping. I have a particular interest in survivors of sexual violence and trauma; first responders, frontline workers, military, veterans and their families; survivors of childhood abuse and trauma; those experiencing life transitions; and older adults.

Being in a relationship with another person takes work. We can work together to navigate the day to day pressures, and some of the tougher issues that arise, such as those involving trust, blending families, non-monogamy, experiencing a rough spell, or simply the impact of daily stress and transitions.

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"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor Frankl

 

Contact Me

I look forward to connecting with you.