Possibilities and potential. It’s what drives me as a therapist. So often we find ourselves stuck in our stories, tangled in the pain of how our lives have unfolded and we just can’t see a way out. I’m a passionate holder of hope for my clients. Both in my work as a therapist, and as a dedicated martial artist and 3rd degree black belt in karate, I’ve seen time and time again that sometimes what we need most when we’re down is someone relentlessly present, understanding and caring in our corner to help us find the strength to get back up.
I offer both adult individual and couples therapy. My framework is Relational Therapy, a deeply client-centered approach that helps to explore and strengthen how we feel about ourselves and others. It’s a fit for those struggling with anxiety, depression, painful childhoods, relationship difficulties, family complexity, grief, shame and low-self esteem. My work is trauma-informed, strengths-based and rooted in anti-oppressive practices. And while I mostly offer talk therapy these days, my work is also informed by my training as an Expressive Arts Therapist, meaning I value the power of play, imagination, and in being present in our bodies.
How does it work?
We’ll sit together in a relaxed, safe space, and you’ll share what’s brought you to therapy. All parts of you are welcome. I’ll listen carefully and without judgment. I’ll help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings. What we talk about, and how deep or fast we go, will be entirely up to you. I empower clients to trust themselves, and to start to listening more deeply to their moment to moment needs. Together, we’ll explore where things feel stuck and what you’re longing for. My job as an individual therapist is to help you find clarity, resourcefulness, resilience, and ease.
As for couples therapy, the same applies. I’ll listen to each of you individually in the ways I’ve mentioned, and also create a space where you can hear one another in new ways. We’ll slow down and look at the patterns happening between you, and what’s going on inside each of you individually when things get tough. My work with couples is based in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidenced-based approach that looks at when we feel both safe and hurt in our love relationships, and offers a map so that distressed couples can find their way back to each other. My job as a couples therapist is to help you cultivate a stronger bond through deeper listening, trust and understanding.
I have a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT) and am currently training at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy (TRIP), a graduate psychotherapy training program accredited by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Outside of private practice I work at the Integra Program of the Child Development Institute, supporting children and families living with LDMH (Learning Disabilities and Mental Health challenges) through group programs that incorporate martial arts, mindfulness, yoga, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour therapy (DBT).
I work out of The Healing Collective on Tuesdays from 8am-4pm or by appointment. My rate for individual clients is $80 per hour (50min) and $100 for couples (75min), and I offer sliding scale availability. To book a consultation session, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nadiamacdonald.com.
Specialty:Therapy for Adults, Relational Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy
Degree:Masters of Expressive Arts Therapy