Timothy Patterson, M.Ed
Clinical Director, Registered Psychotherapist
My journey to becoming a psychotherapist was anything but straightforward. Throughout my twenties, I was debilitated by anxiety and depression. Feeling completely overwhelmed, hopeless and in so much psychological pain, I turned to substances and other extreme methods to cope. Finally, one day in my early thirties, when the suffering became too much to bear, I reached out for help. Slowly with the support of various mental health professionals, my suffering eased, and I found peace and tranquility. It was this journey of finding myself that inspired me to return to school to become a psychotherapist. I've made it my life's work to support others as they walk along paths similar to the ones I travelled years earlier. While I don't look back on my years of suffering with fondness, I am grateful for having experienced them. Thanks to those years, when I hear clients speak of complete hopelessness and unbearable pain, I don't have to imagine what that must feel like—I remember. Those years have proven to me the healing power of therapy. Where alone it felt hopeless, with support, healing was achievable. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO #11228) with my master's degree in counselling psychology from the University of Toronto. I also have two bachelor's degrees, one in biomedical science and one in psychology, both from the University of Guelph. I believe the therapeutic relationship should be built on openness and trust. If you have any questions, I encourage you to reach out and ask.
Clients appreciate my kind, calm and authentic demeanour. I have a nonjudgemental, trauma-focused approach uniquely tailored to each client. Built on psychodynamic principles and integrating EFT, DBT, CBT, and mindfulness elements, my approach offers practical solutions while at the same time encouraging profound and lasting change. Therapy with me is very relational and conversation-like in nature. I like to think of us as fellow travellers exploring your world. Together we'll examine the events of your life and how they have shaped the person you are today. Once we have a clear understanding of how the past has influenced your current thought patterns, beliefs and behaviours, we can decide which still serve you well and which have outlasted their usefulness and should be updated. This process is always collaborative, and we will always go at a speed and in a direction with which you're comfortable.
Kevin Olmstead, M.Ed
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
To me, there is no greater feeling and privilege than supporting and empowering someone to feel worthy, resilient in the face of their life’s challenges, and ultimately hopeful for what their future holds. This passion for cultivating salutary change in the lives of others led to the beginning of my journey in the mental health field. Throughout my over 5-year career, I have had the privilege of working with diverse individuals in a variety of different clinical settings. These include hospitals, community health agencies, post-secondary institutions, and private practice. These experiences have not only sharpened my clinical acumen but also reinforced the importance of, and my commitment to, utilizing up-to-date evidence-based practices, and providing culturally sensitive and client-centred care. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from McMaster University, a graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health from Durham College, and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. All of which I draw upon to help enhance our holistic understanding of you and your present challenges. I look forward to connecting with you and begin supporting you on your journey toward optimal health and well-being.
I am a strong believer that each individual is an expert on themselves and holds the potential for profound personal growth when provided with the right support and environment. As your psychotherapist, my goal is to co-create a space in which you feel unconditionally accepted and safe to express and explore the most vulnerable aspects of yourself and your story. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to psychotherapy, and I believe in the importance of meeting you where you are in terms of your values, aspirations, and perspective. Thus, I employ an eclectic and collaborative approach that is uniquely tailored to your individual needs and moves in a direction and pace that you are comfortable with. My approach is trauma-informed and foundationally psychodynamic, with integrative aspects of Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectal Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Motivational interviewing, and Internal Family Systems based on your unique goals and needs. I give a great deal of weight to how your past experiences influence your present patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Together, we can unpack and process these experiences, build insight into how they have and continue to impact you, and understand how the ways of being in your relationship with yourself and others have functioned for you. From there, we can examine the utility of these ways of being and update the ones that no longer serve and impede you from the actualization of your personal hopes and dreams.