Individual Therapy, Student Therapist
Adrian joins the PITC team with just over 10 years of counselling and peer support experience, as well as 14 years of practice and training in applied mindfulness and compassion cultivation meditation. He has a wealth of experience working within the private mental healthcare sector, as well as working with grassroots and community-based organizations. Over the years he has worked with the Mental Health Support Network at St. Joseph’s Hospital, New Dawn Counselling, Supporting Our Youth, and the 519 Community Centre, to name a few!
To forge a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients, Adrian utilizes a client-centred and relational approach, which is grounded in an anti-oppressive framework and a trauma-informed perspective. He uses an integrative style drawing upon evidence-based practices, however, Adrian feels that each client is the expert of their own experiences, and he will design and implement a unique treatment plan in collaboration with each individual client to suit their needs. Adrian is a feminist, is sex and body positive, and offers queer-affirming, and gender-affirming care. To date, Adrian has worked with clients struggling with emotional dysregulation, mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, grief, disability issues, and interpersonal issues. Additionally, he has worked with many 2SLGBTTQIA+ community members, and specializes in working with transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, intersex, and two-spirit identified folks to navigate issues around sexuality and gender orientation. Adrian has also worked with HIV+ clients, clients that engage in sex work, as well as clients that have struggled with sex addiction, and he aims to offer a safe and nonjudgmental space where clients can discuss these sensitive issues. Adrian is very passionate about offering affordable psychotherapy and working with vulnerable communities that have underserved mental healthcare needs.
Currently, Adrian is completing his Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto – OISE, while concurrently completing a post-graduate degree in Addiction and Mental Health at Confederation College. Previously, Adrian completed his H.BSc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto, and has completed additional post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Applied Mindfulness Meditation, and Trauma-Informed Mindfulness. Since 2014, Adrian has been developing a Third Wave psychosocial intervention for bipolar disorder called Mindfulness-Based Awareness and Transformation Therapy (MBATT).
Adrian is a registered member (MBPsS) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) on the psychologist track, and is currently completing the requirements to register with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Adrian would like to acknowledge that he is a white settler practicing psychotherapy on traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat, the Métis, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
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