About Me

“This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.”
Maya Angelou

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 narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy and mindfulness.

My Education and Credentials

Professional Credentials: ​

  • College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) - 0009423 ​​

 

Education​

  • 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 ​ ​

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Hi there! 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. 

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