I work with parents and members of the queer community, and specialize in perinatal mental health.
MA, RP, (cert-S)OAMHP
- Perinatal Issues
- Gender Identity and Sexuality
- Stress and Burnout
- Life Transitions
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Practice
- Attachment and Inner Child Work
- Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
Individual Session: $140 plus HST
Sessions may be covered under insurance plans. Please contact your insurance provider prior to making an appointment to see if Registered Psychotherapists are covered.
I understand the impact that life transitions have on one’s wellbeing, and how past experiences can influence their ability to cope. My work aims to help clients identify areas that are keeping them stuck and preventing them from living the life they want. I believe one of the first steps to this is exploring their relationship with themselves and asking the tough questions to help get to the root of the issue and deepen their personal understanding. I truly value the trust clients place in me to allow me to be a part of their story, sharing with me their inner most thoughts and feelings. Empathy is at the core of the work I do – to genuinely care for and respect each and every client, helping them on the road to taking better care of themselves and reaching their full potential.
After experiencing postpartum depression following the birth of my first child, I noted first-hand the lack of supports available to new parents supporting them through the transition to parenthood. It was an eye-opening experience to notice this lack of supports even as a therapist with experience in the mental health system, and it led me to seek specialized training in perinatal mental health.
In addition to my work with parents, I am a passionate advocate for the queer community, having worked with clients of diverse backgrounds and orientations on issues such as transitioning, coming out, and self-acceptance. No matter how you identify, I provide an affirming and caring space for you to be yourself.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I have my Honours Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and have been in clinical practice for nearly a decade. I have extensive experience working with stress, anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship issues, and LGBTQ+ issues. I work with a variety of clients from different cultures, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations, and have experience in both agency and private practice settings.
I have specialized training in perinatal mental health, trauma, and supporting the queer community. My main therapeutic approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Inner child work, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). I tailor the approach I use to the individual I am seeing, and we work as a team to make meaningful changes in their life. I offer Walk and Talk therapy in Hamilton, Ontario, e-counselling through an online video counselling platform, and phone counselling.
In addition to my work with clients, I am passionate about helping to train new and emerging clinicians. I believe that quality, empathetic, and honest supervision provides the framework for new clinicians to develop confidence in themselves which trickles down to the work they’ll do with clients they see.
I am a Validated Supervisor with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP), and provide Clinical Supervision to other Registered Psychotherapist (RP’s) or students aspiring to become an RP. Clinical supervision is available online, in individual, dyadic, and group formats. You can find out more about my clinical supervision services by clicking here.
On a Personal Note…
I’m a wife and a mama to two young boys, a rescue dog, and a cat. When I’m not in the therapy room, you can find me spending time in nature with my family, hiking on one of the many beautiful trails we have in Hamilton or working in my garden. I am also a passionate yogi, and have my 200-hour yoga teacher training.
I am a fierce advocate for mental wellness and have had experiences in my life that have led me to seek my own therapy. I have found great benefit from the supportive, safe, and empathetic environments that therapists have provided for me, and it is a great privilege to be in a role where I can help provide this to clients whom I see.
I would be honoured to connect with you in a free consultation to see if we would be a good fit in working together.
Trainings and Continuing Education:
- Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate Training, Postpartum Support International, 2022
- Queering Mental Health: A Canadian Perspective, Conference April 2021
- Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for PTSD & Trauma, Beck Institute, Dr. A. Miller, September 2019
- Clinical Supervisor Training, Adler Graduate Professional School, July 2019
- Mindful Yoga In Practice Teacher Training, Steven Ferrell, Jessica Borushok, and Timothy Gordon, March 2018-June 2018 (RYT-200 Hours Certification)
- Crisis Intervention Training, CTRI, November 30, 2017
- ACT Webinars, Season Three, Praxis Continuing Education, August 2017 – November 2017
- Creating Authentic Spaces Training, Rogue Whittker, July 26, 2017
- Foundations of Trauma, Sue Gallagher and Sandy Jardine, September 29-30, 2016
- Working Effectively with First Responders, Dr. Paulette Laidlaw, September 10, 2016
- Introductory & Intermediate Skill-Building Workshop in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Steven C. Hayes, April 11th – 13th 2016
- Essentials of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Dalton & Associates, April 26, 2015
Kayleen in the Media
Kayleen was interviewed by Ted Michaels of CHML about how we can protect ourselves from burnout and cope with difficult news events such as the recent Ukraine plane crash. Listen below:
Kayleen was featured in Maclean’s magazine in an article about the ins and outs of walk & talk therapy: