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Joanne L. Pilon M.A. (Ed.) – Registered Psychotherapist

I have my Masters of Arts Degree in Education (Human Relations) and have trained at the Lifespace Institute Professional Counselling Training Program. Training focused on a wide spectrum of methodologies emphasizing the experiential, humanistic, and transformational approaches. All levels of inner work were covered: the somatic (body), mental, emotional, and spiritual. Working out inner feelings, and discovering personal truths and life direction, are crucial. To achieve this end, I use skills based on Carl Rogers’ empathic listening and Eugene Gendlin’s focusing methodology. This is integrated with transformational tools for working actively with more challenging issues, such as, trauma, inner conflict (parts dialogue), disconnected aspects of self, and limiting beliefs. Principles for working constructively with nonfunctional or highly reactive emotional states are applied to working with addiction, anxiety, and depression (including dissociation).

I am also an experienced cognitive behavioural therapist and have advanced training with David Burns, M.D. (Mind Over Mood). I assess and treat people following motor vehicle accidents and work-related injuries under the supervision of a registered psychologist. I have worked extensively with people who have driving, passenger and pedestrian phobias, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In addition to my professional background I am a mother of three children and the owner of two Jack Russell Terriers. I am passionate about my work and am welcoming and enthusiastic. Being raised in Manchester, England until a teen before immigrating to Toronto, Canada, I naturally bring a sense of humour to sessions. Laughter is healing and even in difficult times humour can be found. I am also accepting of different ways of being. Finding your own personal truth is the key to feeling okay in this world even when life is not going as planned. Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked for as a medical administrator in specialties such as orthopaedics, ophthalmology and neurology. I wrote my Master’s thesis on a neurologic condition and have speak at support group meetings for people with neurologic disorders. I also provide individual and group therapy for people living with chronic pain.

I work with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, grief, sleep disturbance, relationship issues, adjustment issues, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and chronic pain or illness. I also treat people with learning disabilities, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and addictions. I enjoy working with people of all ages and have worked with people as young as eight years old and those well in their 80’s. I work with individuals, couples and families. I am an empathetic listener who is good at connecting with people and being able to connect is the most important component for therapy to be successful. If for some reason we do not match well or I feel that someone with more experience with your particular issues would be better suited I am happy to help you find someone who may be more suitable for your needs. Sometimes people feel embarrassed that they are struggling with a problem that seems “small” to them. I often hear, “I know this shouldn’t bother me but…” No problem is too small or too big. We all struggle as times. We do not have to struggle alone.