Hello! I’m Garrett
Welcome to my profile. I have real admiration for folks, like you, who have taken this first step to connect with a therapist. It’s an honor and privilege to have such people share their stories with me, as they pursue self-discovery.
There are many reasons why people seek therapy and some of these may include: a deep sense that something isn’t right and knowing there must be more joy in life than they’ve known; relationships are less than satisfying; experiencing daily/weekly anxiety or depression that’s debilitating and hard to live with; being intensely self-critical and wanting to learn to like themselves, but can’t find reasons why, or a road map to do so; intense emotions, almost unbearable, to live with; unable to make sense of their feelings; or they simply feel numb, they can’t feel their feelings or can’t identify what they feel in the first place. These are some of the reasons where therapy can help.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.- Aristotle, Metaphysics
We think so many thoughts which pass in our mind as truth, yet are not true at all. Effective therapy will help you question and explore your own mind and give you the space to; share your story and feel empathized with, develop insights about yourself, including bringing things to your conscious awareness which you may have been previously unaware, developing a deeper sense of what makes you tick, including your belief systems and deepest values; setting personal goals and support you to see them through; seek and receive guidance; learn more kindness and patience for yourself; learn to have a deeper sense of intimacy with important or cherished others in your life; seek and develop tools to relate to the emotional, behavioural, or cognitive aspects of yourself. My hope is that your experience of therapy will be these things and many other things as well.
Experience and Training
Areas of Speciality
Individual, couple, and family therapy, Group Facilitation, Emotion Regulation and Emotional Intelligence, Trauma and PTSD, Attachment and Intimacy, Mental Health, Human Development, Crisis Intervention, Divorce, Separation and Blended Families, Relationship Therapy, Abuse and Domestic Violence, Family of Origin, Teaching, Clinical supervision
Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist), Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, University Professor
Registered Psychotherapist **Insurance is not guaranteed, please verify with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for Psychotherapy by a Psychotherapist.
I’ve been in a long-term relationship with my spouse for almost 22 years. We have two children: a 15-yr-old boy and an 11-yr-old girl. I enjoy being a father. I like going on family vacations, watching family movies, playing board games and cards with my wife and kids, and watching my children learn and develop.
I have a love for reading and learning. Some of my interests include: history, politics, geopolitics, human psychology, literature, philosophy and intellectual history, as well as economics. I love watching interesting films with my partner (including lots of foreign films, even with subtitles) and have enjoyed lots of TV series in this golden age of television. I like to keep fit and do so by: practicing karate (my kids do, too), doing yoga and stretching, for flexibility, circulation and overall health, and strength training. This is my idea of success:
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
One more thing….
Part of the human condition includes developing woundedness along the way. This develops within an unfulfilling relationship where others have let us down, even unintentionally; perhaps our gifts weren’t valued, cherished, or even noticed; maybe we were even punished for having gifts which, in another circumstance, would’ve led to us being truly valued and admired. Consequently, we learn to not trust or value our inner judgments and emotions. This wreaks havoc with our sense of self, and our ability to love and value ourselves (and others) with all of our (their) flaws.
We also learned survival and coping skills when we were young that, though they served us then and kept us safe, no longer work. These habits, which we often aren’t very aware of, can cause lots of difficulties in our current intimate relationships. As we grow, our awareness of old survival skills dwindles and we learn new, more empowering, ways to survive and enjoy our relationships and our life.
One hour appointments:
For people who cannot prioritize this fee, we do offer reduced rates. Please contact us for more info about our reduced rates.
I look forward to joining you on your journey.
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