Meet Your Therapist

Kennedy McLean, MA, RP, CCTP-II

I am a Registered Psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. I'm also a Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II), a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and I hold a post-graduate certificate in Addiction Treatment and Prevention.

 

I have always been interested in helping others and I spent several years working in the Peel District School Board and community mental health settings before returning to school to obtain my Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. 

 

I specialize in working with trauma/PTSD and couples. The client populations I often receive referrals for include couples in distress, male clients, first responders and those who have experienced considerable childhood trauma. I have extensive experience working with addictions, anxiety, depression, anger and relationship issues. Quite often people find these issues go hand in hand with experiences of trauma.

I practice from an attachment, relational and neurobiological framework and I take an integrative approach to mental health and wellness. I tend to work with people who have not have success with other forms of short-term therapy such as CBT, clients who are looking for something more in-depth. I understand that there is not a quick fix to most troubles that bring people to my office and I believe the only way to achieve permanent and positive change is to address the root cause of your difficulties while assisting you to cope along that journey.    

You may not know what an integrative approach even means, and that is okay! This is a client-centred way of doing therapy and means tailoring treatment to the distinct needs of each person. For many clients, psychotherapy goals may be broad and related to the general improvement of functioning, others may have narrow or specific concerns they wish to work with. 

One important consideration to keep in mind is that research has consistently shown that the therapeutic alliance (the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client) is the strongest predictor of whether or not therapy is successful. I aim to make everyone feel safe within the context of therapy and combine my knowledge and experience with authenticity, compassion and genuine curiosity. I look forward to meeting you.

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Treatment

Client Focus

  • Codependency

  • Couples/Marriage Counselling

  • Depression

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Life Transitions

  • Men's Issues

  • Peer Relationships

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Stress

  • Substance Use

  • Trauma and PTSD

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based

  • Child and Play-Trauma Related

  • Emotionally Focused

  • Family Systems

  • Integrative

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Informed

  • Mindfulness-Based 

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Narrative

  • Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

  • Psychodynamic

  • Relational

  • RLT

  • Somatic

  • Trauma-Focused

Professional Qualifications

Formal Education

  • Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University | 2019

  • Graduate Certificate, Addictions: Treatment and Prevention, Georgian College | 2010

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, York University | 2009

Credentials

  • Registered Psychotherapist- College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (#008363)

  • Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II) | International Association of Trauma Professionals

Professional Development​

  • Psychobiological Approach To Couple Therapy (PACT), Level 1 Trained | 2021

  • Relational Life Therapy, Level 1| 2020

  • Trauma Group Therapist Training & Internship | 2019 | 

  • Organizational Secondary Traumatic Stress | 2019

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress in Professionals Treating Child Sexual Abuse | 2019

  • DSM-5: Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents | 2018

  • Working Analytically with Couples | 2017

  • Psychoanalysis and Vicarious Trauma | 2016

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Freud and Beyond | 2016

  • Growing up with Traumatic Grief | 2016

  • Developmental Impact of Childhood Trauma | 2016 

  • Complex Trauma: Families Who Experience Chronic Trauma | 2015

  • The Neurobiology of Complex Trauma | 2015

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction  | 2014

Virtual counselling throughout Ontario.

 Offering individual psychotherapy, couples and relationship counselling, trauma therapy, and first responder mental health services.