KELSEY FEINSTEIN, MSW, RSW
I have struggled with my own mental health, so this career path is deeply personal to me. I recognize the place you are in because I have been there myself & know that healing is possible. I am passionate about helping you realize and fulfill your potential by restoring leadership, balance, trust and harmony in your system. Whatever patterns are presenting in your system, these may be perfectly normal adaptations that your system developed to protect itself from pain and attachment wounds.
My approach is empathetic, curious, compassionate, and emotion focused. I hope to discover together how to reconnect you with your innate courage, clarity, and confidence, allowing you to transform. I believe that you have the resources to heal, but may need some support accessing your inner resources. I trust you, and walk along side you, on your healing journey without bringing my own agenda. I work with you as a guide and a facilitator, following your lead and supporting you to tap into whatever is going on for you. We will always work at your pace and with your permission. I use an integrative approach to best support you in being the driving force in your own healing journey. I am informed by Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Mindfulness, & Self Compassion.
I am a Registered Social Worker and Masters Graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. My clients value my ability to develop meaningful connections with each of them by cultivating an intentional space, that embodies companionship, inner peace, and presence, to inspire healing. I have a passion for working with adult professionals experiencing difficulties related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, early attachment disruptions, work-life balance, juggling roles, and navigating life transitions. Adult professionals are facing particularly difficult situations as they enter a new chapter of life, especially, if they never experienced a secure safe attachment in early life. I hope to support folks in establishing a secure connection with their system by developing Self Leadership. I believe there is nothing wrong with any of us and we all have the ability to heal by accessing our inner wisdom. I would love the opportunity to truly understand your individual needs, and would be honored to walk this journey with you.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
IFS focuses on harmonizing a clients internal world by understanding and relating to aspects (Parts) of an individual and accessing ones inner resources and strength, so that individuals can heal.
You may be wondering what the heck are Parts! - well as you have been reading here or speaking to other therapists - you may have noticed a Part of you that dislikes the process, a Part of you that is tired, a Part of you that is eager, a Part that is annoyed, or perhaps a Part that is thinking about work or the kids. Parts are thoughts, feelings, needs, wants, and patterns within our system. We can view Parts of ourselves as separate entities, perspectives, and personalities within our system.
IFS is a non-pathologizing model rooted in the assumption that there are No Bad Parts of an individual, rather Parts are sometimes forced into extreme roles due to life experiences. IFS allows us to focus inside ourselves to get to know our inner world so that we can understand behaviors, feelings, patterns, stuck points, and pain areas. IFS also allows us to heal Parts holding pain from the past which may impact our present presentation. Once an individual is able to heal their wounded Parts, the system moves into a state of harmony allowing an individual to be more Self-led. IFS supports individuals to respond to Parts in a calm, creative, clear, curious, courageous, compassionate and connected manner.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies to increase your psychological flexibility. It encourages individuals to embrace difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations rather than avoid them or push them away. ACT encourages folks to move toward their values to create a more meaningful life, while accepting pain and difficult experiences that inevitably goes with it.
Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
EFIT explores past and current relationships in order to understand the root sources of an individuals struggles in order to promote healing. EFIT is rooted in attachment theory and focuses on reshaping key emotional experiences that have impacted an individuals sense of self and of others. Through corrective emotional experiences clients are able to shape safety and security with others and within themselves.
Self Compassion involves learning to respond to oneself the same way you would respond to others who are suffering. Self compassion encourages individuals to be warm, understanding, and non-judgmental in the face of pain and suffering. Self Compassion recognizes that being imperfect is inevitable and encourages folks to be gentle with themselves when confronted with painful or difficult experiences.
Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
EFFT is rooted in the healing power of caregivers. EFFT supports caregivers to improve their relationship with their loved one, increase cooperation, heal wounds, and respond to strong emotional reactions that a loved one may be having. EFFT also supports caregivers to identify their own thoughts and fears that block their capacity to support their loved one in the way they hope to. EFFT empowers and supports caregivers in mastering skills to better support their loved one.
Today I'll Choose COURAGE over comfort - Brene Brown
SELECT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) Online Circle: Foundations of the IFS Model, IFSI
- Advanced Weekend: Introduction to IFIO, Liz Phillips, IFSCA
- Advanced IFS: Deepening your Core Practice, Derek Scott, IFSCA.
- Advanced IFS: Healing Preverbal Attachment Trauma, Colleen West, IFSCA
- Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS) 2 Day Intensive Workshop, PESI, Frank Anderson.
- Relational Intelligence 2 Day Training, Self Therapie Formation, Francois Le Doze.
- Stepping Stone: 16 week comprehensive IFS Course, Derek Scott, IFCA
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Immersion Certificate, Dr. Steven Hayes Ph.D
- Emotionally Focused Therapy with Individuals (EFIT) Level Two, Dr. Leanne Campbell and Dr. Sue Johnson, Campbell and Fairweather Psychology Group.
- Emotion Focused Family Therapy – Core Clinician Training, Mirisse Foroughe Ph.D, Family Psychology Centre.
- Emotionally- Focused Therapy with Individuals (EFIT) Level One, Robert Allan, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Identifying and Working through Problematic Parenting Patterns in Treatment, Adele Lafrance, Ph.D, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health.
- Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: Clinician Training, Adele Lafrance, Ph.D, Mission Empowerment.
- Journey to Acceptance and Mindfulness Clinical Competency Certification Program, Timothy Gordon, The Zen Social Worker.
- Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship, Robin Williams Blake, Toronto Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy.
- Understanding the Foundations of Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation, Lori Gill, Certified Trauma Specialist, The Attachment & Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
- Phase-Based Clinical Applications to Promote Healing and Integration of Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation, Lori Gill, Certified Trauma Specialist, The Attachment & Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
- Healing Broken Bonds: Traumatic Attachment and Emotional Dysregulation, Janina Fisher, Ph.D, The Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
- 3 Day Emotion Focused Family Therapy Training – Core, Mirisse Foroughe, Ph.D, Family
I understand that coming to session can be challenging. Meeko works with me to provide safety, comfort and calm in sessions. If you would like Meeko to join you in your session please let me know in advance.