Malcolm Welland MA, RP, CTP Dip., Member CAPT, Clinical Member OSP
Dupont-Spadina and Guelph
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. My orientation toward how I think therapy works best is nicely summarized by C. G. Jung, who wrote that therapy is not a method for putting something into us that wasn't there before; it's a process for removing obstacles from our own unique path of development. The "method" Jung sees as not being conducive to therapy is the idea that there can be a standardized technique, and that as clients we should fit into some programme.
I believe that Jung is right in saying therapy works best when we as clients are treated as unique individuals. My role as your therapist is to help you rebuild your life by giving you the necessary tools to remove those obstacles.
Here are some helpful "tools" I offer for this process:
1. An Existential orientation, reminds us of what the basic elements of our life are. This orientation helps us see what can be rebuilt or accommodated in our new direction and what cannot be changed. If we know this dimension of our lives it encourages us to draw from our strengths especially when we think we don't have any.
2. A Psychodynamic orientation is helpful to get a fuller picture of who we are and what we want. If we assume we have an unconscious part to our minds, then there is always some part of our experience we don't understand or we react to in an inappropriate manner because there is something else going on in us. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. This orientation gives us the tools to see how we create obstacles for us and how we can be more aware of our inner dynamics.
3. A "Focusing" approach, is a simple and powerful way to work with the body because often we carry in our bodies, difficulties, problems, confusions, or a "stuckness" in a certain way unique to our psychology. Focusing encourages us to listen at a deeper level to what the body is communicating. When combined with Hypnosis the work is at a much deeper level.
4. Hypnosis / Trance Work is helpful because it permits us to work easily and quickly with the non conscious aspects of our experiences. Hypnosis was a foundational stone is the early years of psychotherapy. It is very much akin to Jung's technique of Active Imagination whereby, similar to a reverie or day dream state, you can gain access to the unconscious in a more structured and focused way. It encourages us to take an active role in exploring our own inner processes and it can be a helpful way to work with the body to get clarity about what we are stuck about.My Background
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I had a career as an educator, teaching at both the Secondary School and Community College levels in Toronto and Guelph. Interested in the questions of culture and cultural diversity, I completed graduate work in Religion and Culture through Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
I became interested in questions of culture because of the 4 years I spent living and working in Papua New Guinea as a CUSO volunteer. One of the biggest impacts of this time was how much I was able to see and question the long unchallenged values and social structures of my own Western lifestyle and culture.
At the same time, I volunteered with Hospice Wellington and the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, co-facilitating bereavement groups and working one on one. Having been a committed Vipassana meditator for many years, I also completed instructor training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
I completed psychotherapy training at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto and training in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy from the Focusing Institute (New York) as well becoming certified in Grief Counseling through the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (Ohio). Also I am a qualified Hypnotherapist through the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). I am a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT).Locations
I have two locations. My office in central Toronto is located here at The Yellow Brick Road 258 Dupont at Spadina in the Annex, close to the Dupont TTC subway station.
My office in Guelph is an easy drive from Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Orangeville and many other locations in south-western Ontario. Here's a map to my Guelph location.
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