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Ms. Catherine Kilbride

MA, RP
Registered Psychotherapist

I accompany clients from a place of compassion, creativity, warmth, and humour as they move from the wounds of interpersonal, systemic, and intergenerational trauma (e.g., neglect, identity-based violence, childhood or intimate partner violence, premature death) towards fulfilling lives rooted in posttraumatic growth. In addition to working with clients who have experienced trauma and its related effects, I also work with clients who are working through stress (including anxiety disorders), sadness or depression, persistent guilt and shame, life transitions, grief, and existential questions related to life purpose, identity, and/or spirituality.

Trauma-informed therapy involves working with parts of the brain that can't be accessed through talk therapy alone. For this reason, I work with each client to choose evidence-based practices (e.g., somatic experiencing, contemplative photography, sandtray work, music) that will complement our talk therapy work together. I also work in Brainspotting.

I appreciate the strength it takes to reach out for help and to hold onto hope that things can get better. You have already started a courageous journey, simply by starting your search. Regardless of the nature of your pain, I believe that you can feel at home within yourself and the world again. 

Areas of focus:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Attachment challenges
  • Depression and sadness
  • Grief and loss
  • Guilt and shame
  • Uncertainty around life purpose and sense of meaning
  • Challenges related to life transitions
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and posttraumatic growth

Therapy process & the importance of client needs and preferences: I recognize that each client comes to therapy with a unique constellation of emotional, relational, and financial needs and preferences. As such, interventions are always selected according to clients' unique needs, comfort levels, and preferences. This also means that you can change your mind at any time, and multiple times, at that. I celebrate your consent as an ongoing, evolving process. As a therapist, I delight in you recognizing, and claiming, your needs and preferences!

I work most often with the following modalities:

  • Brainspotting
  • Contemplative psychotherapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Internal family systems
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Narrative therapy
  • Nature-based therapy
  • Somatic experiencing

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), Registered Psychotherapist member (#10913)
  • Ontario College of Teachers (#501805)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, member

CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology (focus: trauma and posttraumatic growth), Yorkville University, 2021
  • Doctor of Philosophy (all but language and dissertation completed), Discourse Analysis, Western University, ND
  • Bachelor of Education, Nipissing University, 2006
  • Master of Arts, Linguistics, Western University, 2003

CLINICAL SERVICES

  • Individuals (adults and teens 16+ years)
  • Concerns: anxiety, attachment, depression, existential concerns, grief and loss, guilt and shame, interpersonal/relationship challenges, life transitions, meaning and purpose, spirituality, stress, trauma