Kaitlin Baldwin

M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Pronouns: she/her

 

Therapy Style: Bottom line is I want you to no longer need therapy, and we achieve that by diving into some uncomfortable and challenging stuff. There's no immediate pressure to "fix" anything, especially because most people hold themselves to extremely unrealistic standards of how they "should" be; something I usually address right away is letting go of those expectations once you walk in the door. Once we have a strong relationship, I will start to challenge you to lean into the difficult and uncomfortable feelings, because that is where the healing happens. I also truly 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: My main focus is to balance two things: fully accepting who we are & what we experience now and changing for the better. Rather than looking at each symptom or mental health disorder separately, we work on addressing the underlying processes beneath all kinds of challenges (anxiety, substance use, depression, anger, etc.); this allows us to create sustainable healing and change. As a trauma-informed therapist, I use a combination of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness, Polyvagal Theory of Trauma, and Motivational Interviewing.

Trainings* & Workshops:

*ACT in PracticePraxis Continuing Education, ongoing

*Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1— The Gottman Institute, ongoing

*IFS Online CircleThe Internal Family Systems Institute, 2022

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

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

Interests & Hobbies: My lifelong interests include dancing (I danced competitively when I was young and miss it so much), swimming, hiking, and sports (though I don't have time to play them now :( ). Recent hobbies and activities include Muay Thai (which kicks my ass) and skateboarding!

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