Kennedy McLean

MA, RP (Qualifying), CCTP-II

Thank you for visiting my website. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) 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 deciding to return to school to obtain my Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. 


I specialize in working with trauma and PTSD as well as couples. The client populations I often receive referrals for include couples in distress, at-risk youth, male clients and first responders. 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.

While 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. My orientation to therapy has a foundation in Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, and Attachment theory.

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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Client Focus

  • Codependency

  • Couples/Marriage Counselling

  • Depression

  • 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


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


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

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


Individual, Couples & Family Therapist

Etobicoke | 2019-Present| Kennedy McLean Counselling & Psychotherapy Services


Clinical Therapist-Individual, Couples & Families

Etobicoke | 2019-2020 | Balanced Mind and Wellness Inc.,

Clinical Intern-Individual & Couples Therapy

Etobicoke | 2019 | Huma Counselling & Psychotherapy Services 

Behavioural TA, Secondary Programs

Mississauga | 2011-2015 | Peel District School Board

Addiction and Mental Health Counsellor

Barrie | 2010-2012 | Private Contract

Addiction Services Intern

Toronto | 2010 | Horizons for Youth

Addiction Services Intern, ACT Team

Toronto | 2010 | Reconnect Mental Health Services


Relational Life Therapy, Level 1| 2019


Trauma Group Therapist Training & Internship | 2019 | 


Organizational Secondary Traumatic Stress | 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

Treatment Strategies for Adolescents Dealing with Ongoing Trauma | 2015

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction  | 2014

For the health and safety of clients and staff, the office has a fragrance-free policy. Please refrain from wearing scented products when attending your appointments. Service dogs are welcome.

Kennedy McLean Counselling & Psychotherapy Services Online Counselling and Telephone Psychological Therapy and Psychotherapy throughout Ontario, Canada including  Etobicoke Psychotherapy and Toronto, North York, Vaughan, Thornhill, Mississauga, Brampton, Guelph, Hamilton, Burlington, and Oakville. Kennedy McLean © 2020

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