Welcome! My Name is Teresa Smith, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist. I was drawn to a career in psychotherapy after my own fulfilling experiences in therapy throughout my life. I found value in sharing and exploring, not only my deepest fears and painful moments, but also the joys of life and the dreams I had for myself. I also found healing in unexpected areas, such as my experience as a Black biracial woman and my experience with societal expectations regarding body image. It is my hope to provide clients with a safe, welcoming space in which they too can find healing in whichever area of their life they choose to explore.
My Approach to Therapy
It is my belief that the path to healing can take many forms, and that therapy is a space in which that path can be explored and fortified. In my work with clients, this journey primarily begins by exploring connections in current and past relationships with loved ones, as well as the relationship we have with ourselves. My stance is trauma-informed, strength-based, and anti-oppressive and I strive to embody a compassionate, collaborative, and curious stance.
I also work from a systemic perspective, meaning I look beyond the individual to explore broader systems and ideas (such as the influence of culture, societal expectations, privilege & oppression). It is my hope to provide you with a holistic exploration of your experiences, so that you may gain deeper clarity and wisdom with which to face new challenges and experience life's joys.
In terms of therapeutic modalities, I employ an integrative mix of emotion-focused therapy, internal family systems, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I also integrate mindfulness and somatic based methods.
“This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.”
Education & Credentials
College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) - 0009423
Master's of Science - Couple & Family Therapy, University of Guelph
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Psychology, University of Guelph
Bachelor of Arts (General) - Focus in International Development, University of Guelph
Additional Training & Courses
IFS Online Circle: Foundations of the IFS Model - IFS Institute through PESI
Eating Disorder Sensitive: Education for Mental Health Care Providers - Body Peace Collaborative
Embodied Therapist: Somatic, Mindfulness & Meditation - led by Meaghan Johnson, RP
Be Body Positive Psychotherapy Course - The Body Positive