I am Deborah (Debbi) Callander, your Psychotherapist, registered with the College of Registered Therapists of Ontario (CRPO).
I have a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Carleton and York Universities and a great deal of continuing education, but my real training has come from almost thirty years of practice.
Throughout that time my practice has been focussed on trauma (PTSD) and all the corollary problems people face trying to cope, for instance addiction, triggers and flashbacks, conflict with the law and more. These ways of trying to cope have consequences in terms of losses and pain.
I use many modalities of Psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Seeking Safety, Internal Family Systems therapy, Contemplative Psychotherapy and Narrative Talk Therapy to name a few.
My approach is one of harm reduction, meaning I meet you respectfully where you are right now, and we work on ways to increase your wellness from here.
I am networked with and can refer you to:
* methadone and suboxone maintenance doctors and clinics
* residential treatment centres in Ontario, government funded and private
* withdrawal management services
* detoxification centres
I am a certified to generate the provincially recognized GAIN Q3 assessment you may need before entering many kinds of treatment programs you may want to combine with your psychotherapy sessions. Most residential centres require this assessment.
The feedback I receive from my clients is often that they can sense my commitment to their journey and I “keep it real”.
Is it confidential?
All our work together is strictly confidential, and we will sign an agreement to that effect before we begin our work together.
There are only a few circumstances under which I may be legally required to share information about you. They are:
If you tell me that you have a plan and means to hurt or kill yourself or someone else. It is ok to express your thoughts about this, but if you have a plan I need to report it so that we can get you help before you apply a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
If you come to a meeting and you are clearly impaired and intend to drive.
If you tell me about a child who is being abused I must report this to Child Protective Services.
It is sometimes possible for a Psychotherapist to receive a subpoena or summons from the court. This is a complex area unique to each case.
Under some emergency situations I may need to contact other professionals in your circle of care that you have identified for me.
I respect your privacy and will not send mail, or email, or leave messages on anything other than a private mailbox without your expressed written permission. I will require that you identify one safe emergency contact.