Thanks for visiting, and congrats on looking for a therapist. It can take a lot of courage just to get here.
Maybe it’s like you’re about to drown in overwhelm, and you wish you could just catch a few good breaths. Maybe that out-of-control urge exploded again, and you wish you could find that kind of relief without all the mess afterward. Maybe you’re so close to giving up that you actually don’t wish for much, but something brought you this far anyways. Or maybe none of that is really a fit for you, and you’re just looking for a safe place to unpack some things. Whichever it may be, I’m here to help.
in a nutshell…
I’m a registered psychotherapist (RP) with 11 years of professional practice and about 38 years of life under my belt. My work is about helping each of my clients to grow an outlook of compassion and curiosity toward their reality, just as it is— crises, losses, oppressions and all. The paradox here is that this accepting stance then helps my clients to change that very same reality into something that they experience as more and more safe, sustainable and fulfilling. Together we can learn to surf the waves, slow the pulse and find the missing links that could lead to change.
My Areas of Specialty
About half of my clients are youth, and half are adults. Many of my youth clients have told me that I’ve got their back, that I hear them, and that I’m a bit of a weirdo (compliment, I swear). Many of my adult clients have told me that they appreciate my casual, transparent and at times irreverent nature, which I have to credit my youth clients with imparting to me over the years!
Some areas where I specialize include:
borderline personality disorder (BPD) or borderline personality traits (BP traits)*,
problems with school attendance,
developmental or attachment trauma,
spiritualized trauma and
living with ADHD or on the autism spectrum in a neurotypical world.
Clients also often come to see me who share some of my lived experiences of being:
an adoptee and
someone who lives with a mental health disability.
Clients also often come to see me for my commitments to:
dis/ability rights and neurodiversity,
*A note about BPD and its inept name...but helpful profile. Let’s face it: “borderline personality” and “disorder” are ableist, inaccurate and dismal vocab. Some people aren’t that bothered by this language, others understandably loathe it, and almost none of us like it! But putting the name for BPD aside for a moment, countless clients of mine have found life-saving community and resources surrounding their identification with the BPD profile. One of those resources is dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which Marsha Linehan (who doesn't like the name for BPD, either!) designed specially for people with BPD when other approaches weren’t helping.
My approach is trauma-informed and is based primarily in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and other mindfulness-based therapies. My secondary approach is narrative therapy. I also draw from a mix of other models, including feminist therapy, anti-oppressive practice, parts work, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), EFT for couples, existential therapy and somatic therapies.
Session Hours & Locations
I offer weekly and biweekly sessions at these times and locations:
Wednesdays 3-7pm (near Coxwell and Gerrard),
Saturdays 10-6pm (near Coxwell and Gerrard) and
Tuesdays 7:45am-10am and 2pm-8:45pm (near Woodbine Station).
Free Phone Consultation
If you like what you’ve seen so far, we can have a free 30-minute phone consultation to help figure out whether we might be a good fit together.
If a support person is helping you to pre-screen potential therapists, good on you for delegating! I’m happy to do a separate phone consultation with either one of you, each of you at separate times, or both of you together.
To set up a free phone consultation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, you can text or phone me at 647 968 7628. I’ll respond within 24 hours if you contact me Tuesday-Saturday, and within 60 hours if you contact me Sunday-Monday.
I charge $130 (I pay any applicable taxes) per session, which lasts one hour.
I sadly can’t afford to offer a sliding scale, because I offer one day per week of free services to youth (in partnership with a community agency). I appreciate and regret that the full rates of private health care are unaffordable for many, so if you can’t afford my rate, I’d be happy to try connecting you with more affordable services.
My services include out-of-session DBT phone coaching calls at no extra cost to my weekly clients. My biweekly clients can connect with me at no cost one time between each session (for about 5-10 minutes).
Some insurers will reimburse you for my services — ask your provider if they cover registered psychotherapists who are members of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP).
Alejandra Lindan, MMT, RP (she/her)
Registered Psychotherapist #001976