Journeying Toward Wholeness

About Brian Collinson

Brian Collinson: Registered Psychotherapist in Oakville – Therapist & Counsellor Background

Brian first began providing counselling to people in situations of deep crisis and individual need in 1981. He has extensive experience in providing support, psychotherapy and Jungian therapy services to individuals in a very wide range of situations and circumstances.

Brian’s Qualifications & Experience

  • Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Clinical Member, Ontario Society of Psychotherapists
  • Senior Analyst, Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA)
  • Graduate of OAJA’s Analyst Training Program
  • M. Div. degree emphasizing pastoral counselling
  • Courses in Grief & Bereavement, Trauma, & Sexuality at the Adler School of Psychology
  • Intensive Coursework at the Toronto Institute for Pastoral Training
  • Intensive Coursework at the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
  • Clinical Internships & Practicum Training at Toronto Western Hospital & Homewood Health Centre
  • Psychoanalytic Studies at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto

Counselling & Psychotherapy

Brian is a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, a Member of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA) and a graduate of OAJA’s Analyst Training Program (Dipl. Analyt. Psych.). He has varied graduate education in counselling and psychotherapy at the Master’s and post-Master’s levels, including well over 300 hours of clinical supervision, in both Jungian therapy and other modalities.

Brian holds two Masters’ degrees (University of Toronto; University of Western Ontario). He has done extensive additional academic and internship work in a variety of settings, including coursework in the Grief and Bereavement Program of the Adler School of Psychology, the Toronto Institute for Pastoral Training and Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and other additional coursework in both trauma and sexuality at the Adler School of Psychology. He also completed clinical internship and practicum training at the Toronto Western Hospital and at Homewood Health Centre, a mental health and addiction care facility in Guelph, Ontario.

He has also done additional post-masters training in a range of clinical and psychotherapy settings, including psychoanalytic studies and group work at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto.

In Halton Region, Brian has supervised therapeutic experience with a broad range of clients at Halton Family Services and North Halton Mental Health Clinic.

Experience in the Business Community

In addition to his training and experience in psychotherapy and Jungian therapy, Brian has varied experience in the business world in senior and responsible roles, including working in consulting, government relations and as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Province of Ontario (J.D. degree, Osgoode Hall Law School). He considers this experience in the broader work world to be an invaluable aid in providing appropriate Jungian therapy services in his practice area, as it brings empathy and in-depth understanding of the demands of the work and professional world in which many of his clients live and work. He genuinely empathizes with the stresses and pressures that form a regular part of the daily lives and work worlds of many business and professional people in our time.

Contact Brian Collinson, RP for more information on Brian’s background and his approach to psychotherapy, or to book a consultation:

COVID-19 RESPONSE

I am writing to you today with information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and what Brian Collinson Registered Psychotherapist practice is doing in response.

As a valued client, your safety and well-being is always my number one priority.

From the onset of the coronavirus, I have carefully monitored its progression and am closely following the advice of: the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC); the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health; and the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

I have followed their recommendations and have implemented numerous changes to provide you with the health and safety and quality services you deserve.

For every in-person therapy session, we will be taking the following precautionary measures to ensure the safety of you and those close to you:

  • Actively screening clients over the phone before scheduling or confirming appointments for any symptoms and travel history that may be related to COVID-19;
  • Asking clients with fever, cough or difficulty breathing to make appropriate alternate arrangements for appointments, including online video or phone appointments or rescheduling appointments for a later date;
  • Posting signs in the reception area identifying coronavirus symptoms and asking clients to take the precaution of self-isolating if they are experiencing any of them;
  • Making tissues, a garbage can, and hand sanitizer and a handwashing station available in the waiting room / restroom area;
  • Ensuring high-touch surfaces (such as doorknobs, light switches, phones and sink faucets) are cleaned with a disinfectant regularly;
  • Engaging in proper handwashing technique between sessions with clients;
  • Staying vigilant to ensure that I personally am in good health.

ONLINE THERAPY DURING COVID-19

At this time I am offering therapy using online video or phone connection.  For the online therapy, I have specialized online therapy software which can be accessed simply by clicking a link in an email.  Also, I have very extensive experience with online video therapy for 5+ years, and have the Telemental Health Certification from Person Centered Tech, the online therapy consultancy headed by B. Roy Huggins, one of the topmost U.S. authorities on the practice, ethics and law of online therapy.

This will be relevant for clients who:

  • have recently returned from travel to the United States or overseas, and who are required to self-isolate;
  • are required to self-isolate because you or a family member are diagnosed with coronavirus;
  • are exhibiting fever, or any cold or flu-like symptoms;
  • believe, for any reason, that you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus; or,
  • given COVID-19, would simply prefer to avoid face to face meetings.

As of March 21, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk as low for Canada. The latest update is available on the PHAC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Brian Collinson Registered Psychotherapist practice is committed to providing you with the highest level of service during this time.  I hope this gives you confidence in the actions taken on your behalf. We remain committed to providing you with safe, reliable and professional service.

With very best wishes,

Brian Collinson

Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) and Jungian Analyst (IAAP)