Thank you for visiting my psychotherapy website! I am a psychotherapist, counsellor and Jungian Analyst in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. I hope that you’ll find my site useful and informative, both about me, and about how I work as a psychotherapist with clients from the Oakville, Mississauga and Burlington, Ontario areas.
I certainly recognize that a website is not a substitute for a live, face-to-face conversation about working together in psychotherapy. However, the text and graphics here may answer many of your questions about who I am, what I do, and the images, ideas and values that govern the way I work with clients, and what my approach to counselling / psychotherapy can offer you. I hope that you will also check out my blog, “Vibrant Jung Thing”, which is concerned with issues of psychology and the suburban lives of individuals in communities like Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga.
I’ve chosen the theme “Journey to Wholeness” for my website, and, as a unifying symbol, the Japanese “Enso”, a nearly completed circle, painted by traditional Japanese artists with a calligraphy brush.
Since very ancient times, the circle has been a symbol for wholeness and completeness. The simple and rustic “Enso” is a particularly fitting symbol for true human wholeness, a completeness that is not based on perfection, or “being good enough”, but on the acceptance and conscious recognition of all that we are, light and dark, strong and weak, pure and impure. And this is the heart of any truly liberating and healing psychotherapy or counselling. Read more about the Circle here.
My Primary Focus in Psychotherapy:
The Wholeness and Uniqueness of Individuals — Not Pathology
My fundamental conviction as a psychotherapist is that there is a vital force in the life of each person that is trying to bring all that we are into being and relatedness. For most of us, this process is not simple or easy. But it is something that we want and need at the deepest level. And the journey to get to this wholeness, while difficult at times, is filled with vitality and energy, meaning and hope.
Not all forms of psychotherapy start from this emphasis on the wholeness of the person. Many never get beyond a focus on what is wrong with the client: childhood wounding, faulty thinking patterns, inferiority complexes, stress, anxiety, depression etc. They never address the forces within the client that are actively trying to bring a new perspective and relationship to life.
In a counselling / psychotherapy relationship with a client I work with him or her to understand, and above all, to help him or her understand, his or her unique individuality. We are constantly working on questions, like: “What is your unique story?”; “What makes you ‘you’?”; and, “What is trying to come into being in your life?”
Most clients come to see me because they have some kind of hardship, pain, misery or serious stress, anxiety or depression in their lives. And it’s very easy to get focused in on “the problem”: such problems are usually matters of vital concern to the individual suffering from them. But the bigger question for psychotherapy is, how does “the problem” relate to what is trying to come into being in that person’s life? It is that question, and the potential healing that flows from it, that is the starting point for finding new life and real renewal, as Carl Jung and others have recognized.
It can be a big step to enter a counselling or psychotherapy relationship. Some people feel that seeking the assistance of a psychotherapist implies that a person is “sick” or a “failure at life”. But people who have worked with a good psychotherapist recognize that no one can see all of himself or herself. We all need someone else outside of our immediate circle to help us see ourselves in a clearer view, and to give us the support we need as we do it. This can be especially true for people confronted with the demanding suburban lifestyles experienced by many in GTA communities such as Oakville, Mississauga or Burlington. By entering into a solid psychotherapy relationship, individuals get the warm and knowledgeable support and affirmation that is the fundamental starting point of any meaningful knowledge of, the self, and of true self love.
Brian Collinson, Psychotherapist & Jungian Analyst, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
I focus on individual psychotherapy / Jungian analysis for long-term growth and in-depth personal change.
I’m located in south-east Oakville, Ontario, Canada very near the Oakville-Mississauga city limits and the QEW. Upon request, I can send you a map to my location via email.
My office is particularly convenient for those who live in areas of Ontario, Canada near:
- Mississauga, especially western Mississauga (e.g., Lorne Park, Clarkson, Port Credit, Erin Mills, Britannia)
The types of issues clients bring to me as a psychotherapist include:
- Mid-life transitions and orientation
- Work and life, vocation
- Anxiety and depression
- Anger and rage
- Serious and terminal illness
- Marital and family distress and other relationship stress
- Divorce, separation, relationship breakdown
- Alcoholism and drug dependencies
- Sexual identity and orientation; sexuality in relationships
- Creative blockages, especially for those working in the arts
- Suicide survivors (family, co-worker or other)
- Trauma and critical incidents, history of family trauma
- Adolescent issues of personal identity and growth
- Spirituality, meaning, religious crises
- Grief and bereavement
- Job loss and career crises
- Other stress and stress-related issues
My orientation in psychotherapy is Jungian, emphasizing contact with the unconscious (dreams, journaling and artwork). It appeals to those seeking a psychotherapist who will help them bring about deep personal change, and with those who are seeking to understand and cooperate with the energies trying to emerge in their lives. This means that there is tremendous potential for transformation. However, this is not an approach suited to those looking for “quick-fix” or “short-term” solutions. This type of psychotherapy is particularly well-suited to those entering or journeying through the second half of life, and also to adolescents.