Timothy Patterson, RP (Qualifying)
Founder and Lead Therapist
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 contentment. 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 a client tells me about complete hopelessness and unbearable pain, I don't have to imagine what that must feel like—I remember. Those years have also given me faith in the healing power of therapy. Where alone it felt hopeless, with support, healing was achievable.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying; 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.