About

Kennedy McLean

MA, RP (Qualifying), CCTP-II

Thank you for visiting my website. I know that most of the time you want to know more about how I can help you so I will keep this as brief as possible. I am a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) and counsellor working with adults, couples, adolescents, and families. I'm a Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I also hold a post-graduate certificate in Addiction Treatment and Prevention. 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 and the client populations I often receive referrals for include at-risk youth, male clients and first responders. I have extensive experience working with addictions, anxiety, depression, anger and relationship issues.

 

I often work with people who have not have success with other forms of short term therapy. 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 cause of your difficulties.    

 

I take an integrative approach to mental health, 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. While much of the therapy will be working from an Interpersonal or Psychodynamic framework, at times it may be helpful to bring in elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, or mindfulness. 

 

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

Types of Therapy

  • Child or Adolescent

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Infidelity

  • Life Transitions

  • Men's Issues

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Stress

  • Substance Use

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Attachment-Based

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Compassion Focused

  • Culturally Sensitive

  • Family / Marital

  • Family Systems

  • Integrative

  • Interpersonal

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Narrative

  • Psychodynamic

  • Relational

  • Somatic

  • Strength-Based

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

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

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Trauma Group Therapist Training and Internship | Newmarket | 2019-Present | Cedar Centre (YRAP)

 

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

Practice Location

Etobicoke, ON 

 

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Telephone & Email Address

416-702-5419 | info@kennedymclean.com

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