Janis Ellis, RP, CTP Dipl
Registered Psychotherapist, Individuals and Couples
Registered Member, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Member, Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy
B.F.A. Concordia University
Graduate, Centre for Training in Psychotherapy
I received my training as a psychotherapist at The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. I have been with the Spadina Therapy Centre for 12 years and I practice psychodynamic therapy.
So what is psychodynamic psychotherapy? At its most basic, two people meet regularly in a safe, quiet place to engage in a dialogue generated by one of them - you (the client), based on your concerns, fears, pleasures - whatever is foremost in your awareness. In this private, nonjudgmental environment, you are invited to explore your unique way of being; your long held, unarticulated assumptions about yourself and the world, with the aim of alleviating distress, fostering change and accessing a fuller life. Together we become aware of the unconscious patterns that shape and limit the way you are in the world.
I am not threatened by strong emotions or deep pain. I, too, grapple deeply with the paradoxes and struggles of being human and I am willing to be affected by the therapy. I will not let theory or preconceptions get in the way of appreciating the unique aliveness of a particular client.