Catherine Kilbride, M.A.
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Office Hours + Location
Location: Online Counselling Only
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 12:30pm and 5pm to 8pm
- addictions: Internet (i.e., social media)
- adoption in multiracial families
- adverse childhood experiences/developmental trauma
- adult ADHD
- anger management
- anxiety (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias)
- brainspotting (BSP)
- career counselling
- cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT)
- communication skillscults and posttraumatic recovery
- dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- disordered eating
- eating disorders
- emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
- emotion regulation
- existential concerns
- expressive arts (EA)
- family systems
- indigenous issues
- individual counselling for teens (16+) and adults across the lifespan
- intercultural issues
- internal family systems (IFS)
- families therapy with only one person
- LGBTQ+ issues
- life transitions
- mindfulness-based therapies
- narrative therapy (NT)
- nonviolent communication framework (NVC)
- parenting skills
- polyvagal theory
- posttraumatic growth
- resilience-informed therapies
- sandtray (Jungian)
- school-related stressors
- sexual abuse
- somatic experiencing (SE)
- spiritual growth and spiritual issues
- stress management
- trauma (interpersonal; systemic; intergenerational)
- values work (e.g., prioritizing, integration)
- workplace stress
Couple / Family Counselling:
- attachment issues
- communication improvement
- conflict resolution
- emotional connection and intimacy
Education and Training
- PhD in Linguistics/French Studies (Candidate: all but dissertation and third-language assessment completed) (Specialization: Discursive construction and language rights of newcomers to Canada: colonialism in 21st-century education)
- Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2021) (Specialization: Trauma and posttraumatic growth)
- Bachelor of Education (2006)
- Master of Arts in Linguistics (2003) (Specialization: second-language acquisition)
- Honours Combined Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & French Linguistics (Specialization: Discourse analysis – language and power)
- Multi-faith Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation ([…])
- Additional professional development since January 2021: BIPOC Identities and Racism in Canada (United Church of Canada); Brainspotting – Phase I (Pacific Trauma Center); Grief, Loss, and Death (David Kessler); Indigenous Awareness (Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.); Indigenous Histories, Worldviews, and Cultures (University of Alberta); Intersectionality and Sexuality (Chicago School of Professional Psychology); Professional Practice and Jurisprudence E-Learning Module (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario); Sandtray Therapy from a Jungian Perspective (The Sand Therapy Training Institute); Suicide Awareness and Prevention (City of Edmonton); Suicide Prevention Training (LivingWorks); Telehealth 101 (Yorkville University)
- College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Qualifying (CRPO #10913)
- Ontario College of Teachers (OCT #501805)
My focus: With compassion, creativity, warmth, and humour, I accompany my clients as they move from the wounds of interpersonal, systemic, and intergenerational trauma (e.g., neglect, identity-based violence, childhood or intimate partner violence, premature death) towards fulfilling lives rooted in posttraumatic growth. In addition to working with clients who have experienced trauma and its related effects, I also work with clients who identify as experiencing stress (including anxiety disorders), sadness or depression, persistent guilt and shame, life transitions, grief, and existential questions related to life purpose and identity. Whatever the challenges they face, my clients amaze me each and every day; it is a joy, and a privilege, to bear witness to their courage, resiliency, and growth.
Therapy process & the importance of client needs and preferences: I recognize that each client comes to therapy with a unique constellation of emotional, relational, and financial needs and preferences. As such, I offer both short-term, highly-structured therapy and open-ended, moderately-structured therapy options to my clients.
In all aspects of the therapy process, whatever its length or form, clients and I work together openly, collaboratively, and with focus and purpose. Therapy is a space where you should feel safe, welcome, and respected. As such, interventions are always selected according to clients’ unique needs, comfort levels, and preferences. This also means that you can change your mind at any time, and multiple times, at that. A good therapist will encourage, and celebrate, your consent as an ongoing, evolving process. As a therapist, I delight in you recognizing, and claiming, your needs and preferences!
A strength-based focus that harnesses the natural healing power of the brain: Trauma-informed therapy involves working with parts of the brain that can’t be accessed through talk therapy alone. For this reason, I work with each client to select evidence-based expressive arts practices (e.g., contemplative photography, sandtray work, music, Legos) that will complement our talk therapy work together. I also work in Brainspotting, a modality that allows clients’ brains to safely process trauma by working with eye movement and subcortical regions of the brain.
As a trauma survivor, I deeply appreciate the strength and courage it takes to reach out for help and to hold onto hope that things can get better. Regardless of the nature of your pain, I believe that you can feel at home within yourself and the world again.
I am under the consultation / supervision of Dr. Martin Rovers, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ontario Registered Psychologist, for the ongoing development of my professional and ethical learning and for psychological services to my clients. I consult with Dr. Rovers regarding my clients on a regular basis.
The receipt you will receive will be in my name, as a Registered Psychotherapist, which is acceptable by many insurance companies (e.g. Sunlife / government, others). If need be, I could issue a receipt in the name of Dr. Martin Rovers, Registered Psychologist, for the counselling services provided by me, a Registered Psychotherapist. It is your responsibility to determine which receipt works for our workplace insurance and benefits.
The regular fee for counselling is $150 (plus HST).