Words are very important — they distinguish us as human beings from our fellow creatures. In psychotherapy the particular importance of putting thoughts and feelings into words is unmistakable. Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy is sometimes called the "talking cure." When you talk in a psychotherapeutic context about what is bothering or upsetting or puzzling you, something can change.

As a psychotherapist I work by listening to what a person says and thinks and feels. As human beings we have great inner resources both for healing ourselves and for growth. But we need a context in which we feel listened to and heard and within which a new perspective can develop. Every therapy is specific to the individual. My method is to listen deeply over a sustained period of time to what someone is telling me, working with the client's dreams, experiences, fears, hopes, and longings, working to understand each person's particular concerns and particular experiences.

My first training was in literature. I received my PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto and have spent many years teaching at both the university and college levels, something I have enjoyed immensely. In 1994 I decided to take additional extensive training at The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP), specifically learning to work with the whole person as the person experiences herself or himself, and looking at not only what a person is aware of but also those things a person is not aware of, those thoughts and feelings and beliefs that are unconscious or only partly understood.

As a matter of interest, I have a long-standing involvement on committees in two community organizations: as past Co-chair (1997-2005) of the Program and Projects Committee of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto; and as a Board Director (2001-2007) for the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT), a professional association with approximately 540 individual members and 15 training institutions and member organizations connected by their common practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. I continue to be active in CAPT.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with me please phone me at 416-968-7637 ext. 2, or send an email to LisaD@goodmedia.com. I will be happy to meet with you.