As a white passing Metis-Anishinaabe-German 2Spirit/Trans/Non-Binary person from Penetanguishene, I strive to decolonize therapy and healing practices, and work through an Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive framework.
I am a Therapist and Registered Social Worker with over 12 years experience working in harm reduction, prisoner justice, Gender Based Violence, and youth shelter settings, as well as four years of clinical therapy work focusing on 2S LGBTQIA youth , and youth struggling with mental illness. My goal is to work with people in authentic ways. To journey with folks through difficult, hard, messy, and scary situations.
Some of my interests and passions include food justice and food sovereignty, both indoor and outdoor plants and gardening, crafting and DIY-ing.
Much of my work has centered around supporting folks dealing with:
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Trauma and systemic oppression
- Mental illness (including depression, anxiety, BPD, PTSD, DID, etc.)
- Gender Based Violence
- Substance Use and Harm Reduction
I focus on working with:
- Children and youth (10 +)
- young adults (up to age 25)
- 2S LGBTQIA folks
- 2S QTBIPOC folks
- And folks part of other marginalized communities.
- Family therapy, with families consisting of caregiver(s) with children and youth
I lean towards using Somatic Experiencing and other somatic/body-based practices, Internal Family Systems, narrative work and restorying our experiences. I also utilize Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy when working with young people and families.
With Covid, I am offering online and phone sessions on Wednesday evenings. I can be reached at the Healing Collective or at ChrisSpiess.Therapy@gmail.com. My rate is $130 an hour, I offer a complimentary 20-minute free phone consultations to see if we are a good fit.
I currently have Video and Phone Therapy Sessions Available. Contact me directly to set up a time.
I have limited sliding scale spots prioritizing 2S QTBIPOC, and BIPOC
Thank You for reaching out.
Gender Orientation, Sexual Orientation, Youth, Families, IFS, Narrative
Masters of Social Work