About Stephanie

I love my work: it is an honour to support people in creating positive change.

Education and Experience

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (#2790). I have 15 years of experience counselling adults, and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. Stepping stonesSince 2004 I have counselled adults with concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationship issues, and grief and loss. I have worked with agencies including: Volunteer work has included: Body-centred and creative therapy interests My interest in body-centred work developed in massage therapy school and subsequently through work as an acupressurist. I ran a business called Body Mind Works, combining counselling with body work between 2004 and 2007. Mosaic I have trained under supervisors and teachers with Somatic Transformation, Focusing and Hakomi expertise. As of 2017 I am studying an approach called Internal Family Systems and I continue to participate in Hakomi workshops and ongoing supervision. I have a personal practice of using Focusing with art (much of which I explore in the article mentioned below). I practiced meditation regularly for much of my 20s and 30s and believe in the value of integrating mindfulness in daily life. I have taught meditation to groups and clients alike. In the past few years I have started training and playing a little as a theatrical clown and look forward to bringing these playful approaches into therapeutic groups in the future. Scholarly writing
  • My Masters thesis explored the experience of attunement in the relationship between client and therapist, and was published as a book.
  • Navigating the Waters of Early Motherhood: Somatic Awareness, Creative Exploration and Being Held, published in Everyday World-Making by Demeter Press, 2018. (peer-reviewed)

Roots

Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2002, I worked in community development in both the UK and Nepal. I acquired a Bachelors degree in Social Anthropology and Comparative Religions (University of Manchester, England) and grew up in London, England.

Personal

Stephanie Park with son at 1 yrI thrive on doing work I love, dancing, performing (swing dance, stilts, theatrical clowning), biking around town, growing vegetables (especially garlic), and in being in authentic, lively connection with others. I feel lucky to have a bright spark of a husband, Sean. Early in 2013 we journeyed into parenthood with the birth of Theo, and I was quite surprised by my experience… a wildish ride indeed. My challenging experience postpartum has led me to further training so I can support others in their transition. In early 2015 my family and I followed Sean’s roots back to Hamilton to be closer to family as we raise Theo. I consider myself an ally of LBGTQ folks – I have counselled people of all ages who describe themselves as trans, gay, lesbian, bi as well as many people questioning their sexuality. I come from a place of enquiry and openness – staying away from assumptions and being opened to learning about each individual client. I seek to foster a world that is safe and welcoming for all people. Since I was in my early 20s I’ve been an active user of counsellors so I know what it’s like to sit in the client seat. I’ve done a lot of inner work myself, both with counsellors and alone and with meditation and movement.

What I bring as a therapist

I bring my heart-ful presence to each encounter.  My intuition and my humour follow. I like to think I’m fairly straight-forward. Sometimes this means naming my experience and being transparent if I see it as being in the service of my client. It might involve calling a spade a spade, or challenging you, or indeed telling you when I think someone else might better be able to help you. I tend to be diligent. This means I often follow up with clients after sessions with resources. I will advocate for you if called. If you think we might be a good fit, great! Let me know!

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