PSYCHOTHERAPY

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Change is lifelong—whether we like it or not.

The only question is how we change and how we respond to the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

The extent to which we can transform is, in my experience, far beyond what we might be able to imagine or hope for for ourselves.

It takes a long time and a deep commitment to yourself to change patterns acquired over a lifetime.

And the rewards of that commitment are always unexpected and overflowing.

For more information about me, read my bio, visit my bi-weekly blog, or buy my book Starting Therapy.


Fees & Policies

 

Sessions are 50 minutes in length. An individual session costs $140+HST.

  • Payment can be made by credit card or e-transfer.

  • I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Cancellation less than 24 hours before your appointment will result in a charge for the full amount of your session.

  • Insurance coverage varies. I am a Registered Psychotherapist—check with your provider to see if they cover psychotherapy services provided by a Registered Psychotherapist. I am not a Psychologist or Social Worker. My CRPO Registration Number is 001373.

  • I offer a no-charge 30-minute consultation for us to see if we are a good fit and for you to ask whatever questions you have about the process.

  • I comply with the requirements of the Personal Health Information Protection Act. Highlights of the Act include:

    • the client's consent is required for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information, with a few exceptions

    • clients have the right to access and/or correct their personal health information

    • client records are retained for ten years

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Credentials & Bio

 

Diploma, Centre for Training in Psychotherapy

Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Registration #001373.

I spent 15 years in capital markets as a trader and research analyst. I am a CFA Charterholder and have a Masters in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. All the while, another part of me was talking. This part wanted to learn how to engage more fully in the world—to bring more of myself to the table. That journey brought me to the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and a career as a psychotherapist. I have experienced many difficult challenges in my life and therapy has been crucial to becoming who I am today.

Clients describe me as solid, quick, kind, and persistent. I work hard and enjoy the work immensely. I am continually asking more of myself and seeking to grow and learn. The process of therapy involves both of us, and I am committed to growing as a therapist and person and to bringing this growth to my work with clients. I have a strong sense of humor and enjoy seeing the world and its oddities through the eyes of my clients.

Since becoming a psychotherapist, I have expanded my healing and understanding to include a range of modalities, including plant medicine, core energetics, and sacred sexuality. I am also strongly influenced by psychoanalysis, radical ethics, and trauma work. Each new experience opens me more deeply to my clients and broadens my understanding of what makes change possible.

I start the process of a therapy by learning as much as I can about you. I will have lots of questions and will listen closely to what you are telling me. I want to hear your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I will give my perspective, and you can tell me if I am on the right track.

As we build a relationship, we will see what needs to be done and together we will figure out how therapy can best address your needs.

Location

 
 

Office Address

175 St. Clair Avenue West, in the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto

Directions

Street Parking 

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Booking an Appointment

 

First Time Clients

Contact me in one of the following ways:

Email: alison@alisoncrosthwait.com
Phone: 416-671-2751

Current Clients

Please book online following the steps below: