Thyra Calvert is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) (RPQ), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), and a Pre-Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Thyra holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Couple and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. Thyra has training in systems-based individual, couple/partner, and family therapy and specializes in working with people with disabilities and chronic illness, and topics of sex and sexuality.
Thyra has explored issues of sexuality and disability both in her work with clients, and academically, conducting research in understanding how disabled and chronically ill individuals are perceived with respect to sexuality, as well as advocating for the physical accessibility of therapy for individuals, couples/partners and families who experience physical barriers to accessing therapeutic support.
Thyra draws heavily from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) approaches. Her academic research and clinical focus has been centered on supporting clients with disabilities, illnesses, as well as supporting folks with concerns relating to sex and sexuality. Thyra also excels at supporting clients who have concerns including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, marital discord, issues relating to self-esteem, relationship challenges, multi-generational family conflict, repair after divorce, and co-parenting.
Thyra recognizes that for so many people, the world in which we live is unsafe and unjust. she works from anti-oppressive and feminist-informed social justice frameworks, which means that when she works with you, she will look to see you, she will listen to hear you, and she will advocate with and for you. Thyra recognizes that you are a part of a social system that does not always make space for you to achieve the things that you hope for, or that you deserve. Amidst all of this, she will work with you to empower yourself, to find joy, and create meaning.
Thyra navigates the world with a physical disability called Spina Bifida. Not only does her disability influence who she is as a person (she is an excellent dancer, for example), but it has also afforded her a unique perspective of the world - a perspective that she utilizes every day in her work with clients.