Robin Roger MA, RP, Dip ATPPP
The first step to changing is self-understanding. To get there you need to explore yourself deeply and freely with a person who can help you think about things that aren't immediately apparent to you, and who can provide a safe context in which to reflect and feel.
Feeling as if you truly understand yourself is profoundly reassuring and powerfully liberating. Feeling as if another person understands you is a richly secure experience. Psychotherapy can give you both. As your partner in the psychotherapeutic process I devote myself to achieving this understanding with intense focus, careful reflection, sustained listening in a way you may never have experienced, and genuine interest in who you are, how you operate, your way of relating to people, what is meaningful to you, what experiences and conditions contributed to your development, and how you might change in ways that will improve your situation. Our ongoing conversation can be about anything and everything: your concerns, pressures, quandaries, aspirations, memories, pleasures, pains, rewards, frustrations, inhibitions, disappointments, confusions, dreams, triumphs and defeats. Whatever arises moves us forward.
My goal is to help you feel authentically engaged in your life. The ingredients of the process are remarkably simple: a quiet, private room; regular appointments, undivided attention, complete confidentiality, and a sustained, shared exploration of your internal and external world.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I's often said that psychotherapists are born, not made. In my case that means that the formal credentials, significant as they are, are only the final professional step at the end of a lifetime of studying human beings with burning curiosity, deep concern and ongoing passion. I began training as soon as I was old enough to know that there were creatures in the world who needed to be figured out and I'll go on trying to understand myself and others as long as I live.
I received my Master's Degree from University of Toronto and am a graduate of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. I'm also a writer, editor, book reviewer and passionate reader. My reviews of books on mental health have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis. I write for Musical Toronto on the importance of music as a component of mental well being. Psychotherapy is exploding with illuminating new information. I keep up to date by attending conferences, seminars, professional presentations, and workshops in addition to reading.
Deciding to start psychotherapy can be confusing and intimidating. How to chose a therapist is also not straightforward. You can start by meeting with me for a free consultation in which we can chat about what is on your mind and see how it feels to work together. Here's where my office is located.
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