Dr. Shannon Robinson Ph.D., C. Psych
Founder, Director, and Certified Psychologist
I am a clinical and counselling psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and am a professional member of the Ontario Psychological Association.
I am always grateful for the privilege of being part of a person’s unique journey to psychological wellness. My priority is to provide you with a safe space to look inward, connect with what’s important to you, and overcome the barriers that are holding you back. I want to help you understand yourself, your struggles, and your options in new ways, and to equip you with the necessary skills to build a more fulfilling life.
I am incredibly passionate about psychology and have dedicated much of my life to developing clinical skills and knowledge. I utilize many different scientifically supported therapeutic modalities in my practice, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based therapies, and Cognitive Processing therapy (CPT). I specialize in individual therapy for adults, and I treat depression, stress/anxiety, bulimia and binge-eating disorders, perfectionism, postpartum disorders, relationship difficulties, and low self-esteem. I also have extensive experience and expertise in treating BPD, emotional dysregulation, and complex trauma.
I started my psychology journey by completing an undergraduate honours thesis in 2000 from the University of Toronto in neuropharmacology. My yearning to try to learn about the brain and neuropsychological processes turned into a strong desire to help others to understand and transform their mental health. I received a Masters in Psychology in 2002 and a Ph.D. in clinical and counselling psychology in 2007, both from the University of Toronto. Before registering with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 2009, I completed internships in the Adult Mental Health Program at North York General Hospital and the Centre for Student Development & Counselling at Ryerson University. Other clinical training and research placements included the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Sunnybrook and Women’s College Hospital Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women, and York University Counselling Centre.
Prior to founding this practice, I worked as a team member in other psychology private practices. I also worked for many years as the clinical team leader in the Borderline Personality Self-Regulation Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and provided supervision to psychology students and other mental health professionals. I have presented and published on topics related to emotion regulation difficulties, addictions and eating disorders, and using DBT in the treatment of persons with personality disorders.
In starting this practice, my vision was to use my training and experience to help others find greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-compassion, and to experience more joy. In essence to reclaim their ‘flow’.
"Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz."
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -