Welcome. It is my hope that this website will give you a sense of how I think about psychotherapy, and in turn, a flavour for who I am. Perhaps it will then answer the question: Is this someone I could work with?
Psychotherapy brings together both the expansive and contracted aspects that reside in us. We learn early to contract around what is too painful and hurtful to handle. That is a useful and often necessary coping tool. And yet, we are inherently feeling beings, and to cut off access to one (unwanted) feeling will also constrict our experience of the feelings we most want – often at the cost of our self-confidence and self-esteem. What a dilemma! How to truly relieve the difficulties we face, yet stay in contact with a sense of whole self, and all the longed for experiences.
We are hard-wired for relationship; our expansion or contraction does not happen in isolation. Relationship excites our potential and inspires us to open, as well as showing us our blocks and fears. And so… Where there is a disruption to your well-being, there may be a disruption in your relationship with others, and even more likely, there will be a disruption in your relationship with yourself. This is where it’s helpful to realize that psychotherapy is a relationship as well. That is the theory and manner in which I practise. Left without another’s perspective, we tend to repeat and rehearse old patterns, and the painful feelings remain sequestered. The unconditional presence of a therapist can rally natural healing resources, and loosen the hold of those old patterns that have restricted opening fully to life and to love.
Fears, sadness and conflict will arise in life. Whether the roots go deeply into a past loss or are just forming in a current challenge, to confront difficult places within is also to call forth innate wisdom, reflect, and consider new perspectives. Some of the issues that people want or need to address in psychotherapy include:
- Grief, Depression, Self-esteem
- Anxiety, Life transitions, Work
- Relationships, Couples’ counselling
- Spirituality / Meaning-making
- Sexuality including LGBTQ issues
Please bear in mind that you are not alone. We live in difficult times. Perhaps never before have we had greater need for relationship, for community and for support than we do now. Connection counters the forces of divisiveness. Many people feel the weight of the world and find it showing up in despair, and increased, sometimes inexplicable fear, depression or anxiety. Often times these disturbances sneak in the backdoor and present as “what is wrong with me?” when in fact, what is wrong is the larger context in which we live. Despair has its place. It has been said: “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” And yet the joy of life is within each of us. Waiting.
I am a mature psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience. My training includes four years with the Toronto Institute of Human Relations and continues with an on-going commitment to conferences and study, as well as attention to my own growth and evolving consciousness. I am a Clinical Member and Past-President of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
With the experiences of time and heart I have come to hold dear several notions: That to make meaning of suffering is to lighten its oppressive weight. To reach for self-acceptance is to know greater freedom. To be compassionate with one’s self is to find that compassion knows no bounds and will be exchanged like air with those around you. And to foster mastery of the emotional life is to know one’s self as robust, resilient and courageous.
In our work together you can expect me to attune to your needs and encourage your exploration. You can expect an empathic response to even those things for which you yourself can find no empathy. You can count on my respect for our points of difference, and know that in my work with individuals and couples, I am LGBTQ friendly. And you can know that this is a process intent upon enhancing your own self-trust.
If you would like to consider working together, I encourage you to contact me to set up a brief phone
consultation (at no charge). This will help us both sense the “fit” and whether booking an appointment is the next step. 416-927-8213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My office is in the heart of Roncesvalles Village – or Roncy for short! That’s a neighbourhood included in the High Park area. It’s a quick TTC ride south of the Dundas West Subway station, an easy drive up from the Lakeshore and walking distance for many in the ‘hood.
Sessions are typically 50 minutes and can be longer if we mutually agree that would be advantageous. Couples sessions are often best timed at 75 minutes.
I offer psychotherapy services for individual adults and couples, and supervision for psychotherapists. I also facilitate diverse groups, and particularly, act as a Peacemaking Circle “Keeper”. Circles provide a process for conflict resolution and community building. Your enquiries about this and other offerings are welcome.
For 50 minute session the fees are:
$125 per individual
$150 per couple
For 75 minute sessions the fees are:
$185 per individual
$225 per couple
When an appointment has been set, I provide a map and detailed instructions for locating the office.
There are a number of “housekeeping” items that are best discussed in person, including my commitment to confidentiality and a code of ethics, based on guidelines from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I provide detailed information on paper that can be explained and discussed.
Pat Archer, RP
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.”
Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662)