bradley garrison, M.ed.

Registered Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist, & Canadian Certified Counsellor

For more information on my therapy practice, please visit my personal website: www.bradgarrisontherapy.com

Availability:

Fridays (5-9 p.m.) & Saturdays (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Education, Training, & Professional Development

I am a graduate of the University of Toronto, where I completed a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology for Community and Educational Settings with a collaborative specialization in Sexual Diversity. Before that, I earned an Honours Bachelors of Arts degree with Specialization in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. I have experience counselling individuals, couples, and groups using various psychotherapeutic approaches.

Since beginning my career as a psychotherapist, I have been fortunate enough to develop significant experience working with a number of concerns including (but not limited to) anxiety and depression, trauma, substance use, healthy relationships, and sexuality. I have specialized training and experience in issues related to domestic violence (including same-sex and polyamorous relationships), intimate relationships and couples’ work, LGBTQ populations, substance abuse, sexual health, and individuals living with or affected by HIV. No matter the issue, my passion has been helping clients develop individual and relational wellness.

Most recently, I have worked with physician-referred clients (both individuals and couples) on issues related to mental, relational, and sexual health and well-being in a medical clinic located in downtown Toronto. At the same time, I have worked as a group therapist and case coordinator for clients mandated through the courts on charges of domestic assault and intimate partner violence.

One of the many things I love about psychotherapy is that there is always more to learn! I have
certification in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and have continued my professional development through various workshops, courses, and other training opportunities in areas such as trauma, psychosis, and emotional self-regulation, to name just a few. In late 2017, I expect to complete an Addictions Careworker diploma through McMaster University.

my style & approach to therapy

I am a client-centered therapist. This means that I work to meet the client (as an individual, couple, or group) where they are at in the present moment and to provide appropriate interventions based on specific needs. In session, I draw heavily from systems-oriented approaches as well as emotions-focused, solutions-based, cognitive-behavioural, and interpersonal psychotherapies. I am firmly committed to a warm, open, and compassionate style of therapy and approach each encounter with the intention of creating a caring, collaborative, anti-discriminatory, and sex-positive space.

I truly believe that the client is their own best expert. Working with me means working as part of a team. Together, we work to foster understanding, compassion, and strengths-based resources. Therapy is often challenging and can require plenty of hard-work and personal accountability, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for laughter! If therapy requires us to look at the challenges of our lives, I also believe it should leave room for the joys and triumphs.

personal activities

Having grown up on a farm, I’m an animal person! I will pet just about anything (as long as it has legs)and currently live with a fat cat named GusGus. I love to read, drink copious amount of tea, and spend time near the water with my partner. I also routinely watch old sitcom reruns as self-care.