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I understand the experience of being human as having a spiritual dimension, and tend to take a non-judgemental approach to providing psychotherapy. In
my twenty-five years as a psychotherapist I have provided
and long-term psychotherapy, short-term being focused on specific outcomes, and
long-term focused on the underlying causes of problems. Both forms of therapy are meant to relieve distress
and return the client to a familiar level of enjoyment and functioning in life.
Michael Dean, RP, (Registered Psychotherapist),
Advanced Training Program
in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)
Title: Registered Psychotherapist
Toronto, Ontario, M6R 1Z9, Canada
I have been in private practice for twenty-five years, and also have experience as an EAP counsellor for a large consulting firm
where, as well as providing counselling and psychotherapy, I have been designated
a ‘clinical supervisor’ to ministers in pastoral service.
Education and Professional Training
· Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario,
Registration No: 001677
Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic
Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, completed in 2012
Supervision and Training
Schwartz-Salant: From 1993 to 2003 I was a member of a
Supervision Group for
in Toronto led by Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Jungian analyst from New York. The
group brought Dr. Salant to Toronto for five weekends a year, the clinical
focus of the group being psychotherapeutic counter-transference issues in the
Sandra Leask: Training in
Transpersonal Psychology Techniques, including the use of
1983 to 1987 I participated in a formalized, four-year study of transpersonal
approaches to psychological treatment under the close supervision of Sandra
Leask, the director of the Spiritual Science Institute. This program was
focused on aspects of subtle, transpersonal realms of human experience, and
included the use of hypnotic induction to access dissociated aspects of the
psyche that manifest as past life memories or spiritual experiences.
Psychotherapy at Therafields:
1976 to 1985 I participated in the innovative psychotherapeutically-based
community of Therafields, participating in several pioneering approaches to
psychotherapy: from one-on-one psychotherapy to group therapy, cathartic
psychodrama and abreactive body work.
Leadership in Group
– 1996: I led an ongoing psychotherapy group for men focused on both
interpersonal dynamics and self-awareness, using psychodynamic techniques and
guided mindfulness meditation.
Related to Applied Psychology
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology,
Winter semester 2001-2002, and Winter semester
I taught two courses for
two semesters to students in the Social Service Worker Program:
Families in Change
introduction to the theories of Family Dynamics particularly as they apply to
those intending to find employment in the Human Services field.
Interviewing for Human Services
SSW 202 An
introductory course in interviewing skills as related to counselling theory and
practice, teaching the skills, concepts, and methods in the development of
competencies for those in the Human Services field.
University of Toronto,
Victoria College 2001-2002 and
Lecture on the psychoanalytic
theory of Julia Kristeva
Guest lecturer in the course Semiotics in the
Professional World (VIC221Y), teaching the implications of the impact of
psychoanalytic theory on day-to-day life and psychotherapeutic practice.
I belong to
the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy, (CAPT).
been a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada since 1994, having published two
novels In Search of the Perfect Lawn,
and The Walled Garden, with other
works of fiction included in anthologies in 2009 and 2012.
Related To My Novels In Search of the
Perfect Lawn, and The Walled Garden,
cultural theory and
From 1996 to 2008 I gave lectures at the University
of Toronto to students in two courses of study in which my novels, The
Walled Garden, and In Search of the Perfect Lawn, were taught.
1. University of Toronto: Hum199Y Human Nature in
Great Literature. From 1998 to 2008 Professor Emeritus Donald Evans
included The Walled Garden in his survey of spiritual and humanistic
themes in literature. I lectured and
discussed the book with
of Toronto: VIC220Y Semiotics and Communications Theory. From 1996 to
2007 Professor Anne Urbancic included In Search of the Perfect Lawn in
her course in post-modernism and post-structural linguistic theory. v