Working and supporting individuals towards healing, understanding and integration has always been the focus of my work. After completing my Master’s degree in counseling psychology at Yorkville University in 2012, I began working at an addiction treatment centre in Montreal which offered inpatient as well as outpatient support. Throughout my eight years at this organization, I learned valuable skills and acquired clinical training in the areas of mental health disorders, trauma, and addiction. More importantly however, I learned about compassion and the painful realities that many people face when seeking support for issues related to substances and compulsive behavior. This experience taught me the value of a harm reduction approach and how to support individuals with an open heart

Approach:

I have had the opportunity to broaden my experience and pursue areas of clinical study that align with the humanistic and mindfulness-based approaches I am drawn to. While my clinical influences are rooted in mindfulness-based approaches and a harm reduction perspective, I utilize aspects of Emotion-Focused Therapy, Person Centered, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and various somatic practices that encourage connection to the physical self and one’s environment.

Psychedelic Integration:

Individuals who are interested in, or who have had experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness often have questions around these topics, and working with an integration therapist can facilitate this journey. When working with me in this context, you will be invited into a safe and confidential space where you may begin to explore and integrate positive or challenging psychedelic experiences into your everyday life.

I value a therapeutic relationship that focuses on trust and helping individuals develop a sense of safety in their lives. The integrative harm reduction approach towards substance use and other behavioral addictions is also at the foundation of my work. This allows clients to explore their individual experiences and relational needs in a non-judgmental way.

Derek works with client in English