Kristen Gane, Registered Psychotherapist
My skills, diverse clinical and life experience, patience and adaptable approach allow for the flexibility to address the unique needs and perspectives of each client. I offer unbiased, compassionate guidance to foster growth, confidence and positive outcomes.
My clinical experience includes the following areas:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss and grief
- Chronic illness
- Complex care issues
- School concerns
- Behaviour issues
- Family conflicts
- Divorce support
- Blended families
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
- Gender identity
- Parenting support
- Asperger's syndrome support
In addition to my private practice, I have supported youth at SickKids Hospital, Youthdale Treatment Centre (Secure Treatment Unit), Emily's House and at women's shelters in Toronto. I embrace the interprofessional practice model, which recognizes the importance of everyone who is involved in the circle of care. I have worked with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and child and youth workers to enhance and manage client wellbeing.
My work is informed by a psychodynamic, humanistic, strength-based and existentialist approach*. I routinely incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems and Art Therapy as appropriate.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, (#004791) and I adhere to their policies, code of ethics and quality assurance program. I am also a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. I have a Master's-level Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethics, Society and Law from the University of Toronto. I also have three years of OCAD studies. I continue my professional development through courses, workshops and readings. I have lived in Toronto most of my life and raised two sons with love, humour and deep respect.
Please feel free to email me to discuss how I can support you: firstname.lastname@example.org
*A psychodynamic approach considers entrenched thoughts and feelings that often take root in childhood and continue to influence behaviour well into adulthood. Exploration can produce new insights and awareness – the building blocks to making powerful change in perceptions, intention, behaviour and life direction. Humanistic psychotherapy recognizes and values each individual's unique qualities and inherent strengths. These qualities can be revealed, developed, utilized and celebrated. Existential psychotherapy acknowledges that feelings of stress and sorrow are a natural part of living in a complex and challenging world. Honouring, rather than suppressing these feelings can allow a positive, creative shift towards finding personal meaning and purpose.