Kaitlin Baldwin

M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Education

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Yorkville University

 

Graduate Certificate in Concurrent Disorders

Mohawk College

 

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour

McMaster University

Pronouns: she/her

 

Therapy Style: I like to explore, encourage, and challenge. The goal is for you to no longer need therapy, and to feel confident and secure in your ability to support yourself. There's no immediate pressure to "fix" anything, especially because most people (myself included) walk in the door with the weight of all their high (and often, unrealistic) expectations of themselves. I believe that underneath each problem or concern, there are usually common themes of fear, shame, failure, loss, and uncertainty—and that it can be less intimidating to explore these themes with the non-judgmental support of a therapist. Once we have a strong relationship, however, I will start to challenge you—especially when you try to tear yourself down—and encourage you to lean into the difficult and uncomfortable conversations. That's what makes therapy (with me) different than conversations you would have with friends or family. I also believe that you have the skills and self-knowledge to overcome your difficulties; what may be missing is a supportive and empathetic environment that you can feel safe in.

Models & Therapeutic Approaches: I use a few different models of therapy and cater them to your unique individual needs. My primary approach focuses on balancing two things: fully accepting who we are & what we experience now and changing for the better. Rather than looking at each type of problem or mental health disorder separately, my interventions focus on the underlying processes beneath all kinds of challenges (anxiety, substance use, depression, anger, etc.).  The models I pull from include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness, Polyvagal Theory of Trauma, and Motivational Interviewing.

Trainings & Workshops:

IFS Online CircleThe Internal Family Systems Institute, ongoing

Healing Trauma with Self CompassionDr. Gabor Mate & Betsy Polatin, SAND, 2022

Telehealth 101The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020

Telepsychology 101American Psychological Association, 2020

From Bystander to AllySan'Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety, 2019

CBT for Frontline WorkersIan Robertson Therapy and Counseling Services, 2019

Motivational Interview TrainingIan Robertson Therapy and Counseling Services, 2019

Core TrainingSan'Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety, 2018

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy 4-Day WorkshopBy Clinical Design, 2018

Interests & Hobbies: Rain is my favourite thing in the world, dancing is my truest love in life, hiking keeps me refreshed, skateboarding is scary and awesome, puzzles keep me sane, and video games are an ongoing source of joy!

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