Barbara Smith, BFA, MFA, GIT., MS. Psych
Gestalt Therapist, Gestalt Institute of Toronto
Clinical member, OAMHP
CRPO, College of Registered Psychotherapists
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
PACT, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy
ImTT, Image Transformation Therapy
IFS, Internal Family Systems
IFIO, Intimacy From the Inside Out
MSC, Mindful Self Compassion
"When we are no longer able to change the situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."
Victor E. Frankl
I am a mature multifaceted psychotherapist coming from a diverse experiential background of fine arts, business, and agriculture.
I am a trained Kryia Yoga instructor, Satyananda Ashram, and a Reiki practitioner. I have trained in Satir Family therapy, Alexander Technique, Energy Psychology (EdxTM), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Sexual Addiction with Patrick Carnes, Rogerian client-centered therapy, Image Transformation Therapy and Feeling State Theory in the treatment of addictions, Comprehensive Resource Model, Internal Family Systems, Chi Kong, and Art Therapy.
I am a graduate of the Four Winds, Healing the Light Body School headed by Dr. Alberto Villoldo (author, Shaman, Healer Sage) and am a shamanic practitioner.
I have extensive training and experience in Mindfulness, the practice of being here now in the present moment without judgment on purpose. I am trained in MBSR mindfulness based stress reduction; DRAM, developing resilience through applied mindfulness; MC, mindful communication; and MSC, mindful self compassion. I am presently teaching Mindful Communication through McMaster University. I am also a Mindful Self Compassion Trained Teacher, teaching for 6 years.
My focus is Relationship as we are relational beings who become who we are depending on who we are with. I have trained extensively with Dr. Stan Tatkin, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy. My training in Internal Family Systems deepens my ability to work with individuals and couples to enable them to explore their internal landscape and their relationship to each other in a healing manner.
My life experiences include being an artist, a mother and grandmother, self-sustaining farmer, owner-operator-small business, creator and workshop leader, yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, educator and supervisor, and mental health counsellor and mindfulness teacher with the Hamilton Family Health Team. In addition to teaching mindfulness, Mindful Self Compassion and Mindful Communication, I was part of the executive committee for Mindfulness Hamilton.
I have extensive professional experience as a group leader in Toronto, Burlington and Hamilton and have created and led groups on anxiety, procrastination, art therapy, and personal growth at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, North York Women's Centre, Eglinton Community Centre, New Directions, Family Services (Toronto), Working Skills for Women (YWCA), Karyl Pope (Burlington) Community Counselling Centre, Hamilton Family Health Team and Catholic Family Services (Hamilton).
More recently I have led groups in self discovery, resilience, stress management and am part of the curriculum development of the Mindful Communication course through McMaster University.
I am a compassionate humanistic psychotherapist who believes individuals possess a mind, body and spirit. I create a safe and validating environment for the process of change to take place. As a Gestalt therapist, I use a holistic approach, which addresses the whole person not just fragments or parts of an individual. I also look for opportunity to apply humour in the therapeutic setting.
I am available to see individuals, couples, some families, and groups in Hamilton. I am presently seeing clients virtually. My specialty is couple's work. If I feel I cannot be of assistance to you, I will attempt to refer you to someone who may be of a better fit.
The service I provide is:
Confidential Compassionate and Effective
Third party coverage is available through most insurance plans.