I earned a Master of Education (MEd) degree and a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto (OISE). During these studies, I worked with individuals, groups, couples and other family dyads in university, private post-secondary, private practice, community health care, and hospital settings.
I have been practicing psychotherapy for over 12 years. My work is trauma-informed, and grounded in relational (interpersonal/intersubjective), process-experiential, and somatic (sensorimotor, yogic) practice within a critical psychology perspective that centers experience, meaning and identity within systems of power and oppression.
I work with clients to:
- Identify and understand how developmental, relational and systemic/institutional trauma (e.g racism) influences the mind, emotions, experiences of the body and relationships for e.g in anxiety, depression, persistent or intrusive rage, mood cycling, chronic stress, burnout, dissociation, boundary difficulties in relationship; difficult experiences of the body and more
- Draw on and amplify existing resources, and cultivate additional practices in the mind, body, emotional landscape and relationships to resolve or withstand traumatic experiences
- Restore connection to ecological as well as intergenerational/ancestral/cultural knowledges and practices of growth and thriving
- Navigate changes in relationships to the body, as well as identity, belonging, relationship boundaries and expectations that accompany transitions in sex or gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation as well as changes in health, health precarity, and the ongoing experience of chronic illness
- Experience, understand and move through the emotional landscape, relational complexities, and changes in identity, belonging and direction in life that accompany loss and grieving.
To book a complimentary ½ hour initial consultation, contact me at michelebertrand (at) hushmail (dot) com.