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We are located in Guelph and online throughout Ontario, Canada.

Stuart CameronAbout Stuart Cameron

MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

I am a registered social worker with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto. For the past ten years, I have worked in the areas of addiction, family services, community services, and mental health.

I value the agency of each individual person and have long been interested in promoting human welfare for both individuals and society. Being a social worker and therapist is more than just a job for me, it is integral to who I am as a person. From a young age, I had a deep curiosity and desire to understand individuals, society/culture, and the larger world that we all live in.

My approach with clients begins with an understanding that we, as individuals, each experience the world differently and each have our own unique stories to tell. In my early adulthood, I overcame several challenges, one of which included substance addiction. Engaging in therapy for myself and working through my own difficulties has improved my overall well-being.

I believe that a good therapist has a strong theoretical orientation and is able to communicate it openly and transparently to their clients. Theoretical frameworks help therapists understand their client’s needs and help guide interventions that are accountable, logical, and informed.

While I believe many theories and approaches can be effective in explaining our human experiences and in guiding interventions, I have never found just one to be adequate on its own. I, therefore, consider myself a “theoretical integrationist”. I draw upon humanistic, attachment, psychodynamic, existential, and neuroscientific theories.

A modality in which I am currently specializing is Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT). I have chosen to complete advanced training in this therapeutic approach due to the evidence supporting it and the profound efficacy it has been found to have on alleviating psychological suffering for clients in therapy (and long after therapy).

Working within the field of mental health means working with subjective experiences that cannot be objectively confirmed. Unlike physical diseases, psychological problems are usually not defined by distinguishing physical causes or a universally accepted explanatory framework. Even the popular Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), for example, is still an atheoretical method of categorization. Its classification system does not claim to be supported by any particular theory of psychopathology, by scientific research, or by psychobiological evidence of any kind.

For these reasons, the work I do with clients is guided by a definition of mental health which is less concerned with pathology and more concerned with the ability to think, act, and feel in ways that are both open and flexible. I work towards helping clients become more adaptive, think more creatively, and feel with greater depth and intensity. I believe working towards these goals, through our sessions, will allow individuals to open up new possibilities for living.

Education

  • Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

License, Certifications & Awards

  • Registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Ontario Association of Social Workers

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Shane SmythAbout Shane Smyth

MA, RP

I am a registered psychotherapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy.
I believe you are the expert in your life and even though you may not know it, you have all the answers within you. Unfortunately sometimes life can make accessing these answers difficult. Trauma, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, addiction, work, family and relationship pressures can all impact our ability to connect to peace and happiness.

I have found through personal experience that talking to a trained professional in psychotherapy who is kind, caring, non judgmental and emotionally attuned can support the process of being able to listen to ourselves and work towards living a life that is free of suffering. I am passionate about providing quality therapy to people I work with.

I was born in Ireland and qualified initially as a mechanical engineer. I became interested in psychotherapy through personal growth and engagement in my own journey. It was following a significant crisis due to overworking, anxiety and low self esteem that I decided to engage in personal therapy 15 years ago. I benefited so much from therapy that I decided to study it formally. This led me to gaining a masters in community work with an honours bachelors degree in psychotherapy and becoming a registered psychotherapist.

I moved to Canada in 2014 and have been lucky enough to study with leaders in the field of psychotherapy. I have found therapy helpful in my own life to manage symptoms of depression, compulsive behaviours and anxiety which has led to increased happiness, less reactive habits and improved personal relationships. I am grateful to be able to teach these skills to the people I work with.

I have worked in the areas of mental health, addiction and family services for over ten years. I have trained internationally in several areas of humanistic and integrative psychotherapy including dialectic behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems therapy, couples therapy and gestalt therapy. The type of therapy that was a significant game changer for me however was MiCBT. Although it required more personal work, it reaped greater peace and calmness of mind than other modalities and is now part of my daily routine and greatly informs my work.

 

Education

  • Master of Arts in Youth and Community Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychotherapy

License, Certifications & Awards

  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario(CRPO).

Additional Training

  • Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals (EFT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • Emotion Focused Trauma Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Sex therapy intensive University of Guelph
  • MiCBT foundation and applied program.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Ontario Association of Consultants
  • CounsellorsPsychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
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